Representatives of the Trump Administration recently told The Daily Caller that the White House has shifted its focus away from “procuring resources” and instead towards acquiring new funds for additional construction, which has just secured 1,000 miles of new wall on the southern U.S. border.
“With funding available, the administration will build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the southwest border,” the official told the Caller. The official claims that the budget requests for fiscal year 2021 guarantee this, apparently by calling for “increases for infrastructure, technology, and law enforcement personnel” rather than new funding, which will “gain operational control of the border.”
This development confirms President Trump’s promise to construct at least 450 miles of new border wall by the end of 2020, as acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan declared in January. Additionally, officials reported that both the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security “will provide $8.4 billion to wall construction.”
President Trump’s new budget proposal also cuts spending across the board, including the recommended elimination of five federal programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.