Trump official implies border wall might go on Mexico side of river

Posted April 05, 2017

But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has declared Trump's request for $1.4 billion in the current budget for preliminary planning for construction of the wall along almost 2,000 miles of the U.S. -Mexico border a "poison pill" that would prompt a Democratic filibuster and the likelihood the spending bill would go down.

Apart from the wall, Trump's money for expanding the U.S. military will also have to wait, said Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday.

Hundreds of species live within 30 miles of the border, including threatened jaguars and Mexican gray wolves. He had also vowed to make Mexico pay for the wall, something the Mexican government has completely rejected. That treaty, as well as the natural shifts of the river, served as a stumbling block to previous attempts to build border fencing and could complicate the Trump administration's push for a wall.

Fencing that is already in place is a mixture of various designs, including towering steel bollards created to keep both people and vehicles from moving north and shorter steel posts aimed only at blocking cars. "Something like this is very unusual", said Garrett, who added that his design would be only for the Texas portion of the border.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the border wall on April 3. "Without a border a nation can not exist".

Funding for the wall is not yet set and political wrangling over its cost is likely to go on for some time. Evers said in a statement. The agency said it could not provide a detailed estimate for the project. But while his rallies frequently featured crowds chanting "Build the Wall", support for a complete border wall is scant in Congress. "Certainly it has to be a layered approach".

Udall and Richardson discussed the importance of the relationship between the US and Mexico to New Mexico's economy and border security.

He noted that in some areas, the border is in the middle of the Rio Grande and raised the question of on "what side do you put the wall", suggesting Kelly would decide whether "electronic measures" are more appropriate in those areas. "And we're probably not going to put it in the middle of the river".

"We just want to take part in what is going on there", Wyly Brown, a founding member and the principal of the LBGO, said, as cited by the newspaper.

Zinke's comments also sparked speculation that the Trump administration is floating the idea of building some stretches of the wall on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

"Like Trump's 2018 proposed budget, which was panned by both Democrats and Republicans earlier this month, the proposals have little chance of being enacted", the AP said in its report.

Senate Republicans are not planning on including the funds in a measure to keep the government funded beyond the end of April.