Donald Trump’s Border Wall Receives Funding

Donald Trump’s goal of building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico will start to become a reality thanks to the $1.6 billion allocated in the 2018 Department of Homeland Security budget. 

The funds will be used to begin construction on the wall and added to the DHS budget is “$100 million to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents, $131 million for new border technology, $106 million for aircraft and sensors and $109 million for “non-intrusive inspection equipment,” according to the Hill. 

Democrats attempted to block the bill Friday by adding a provision to the prohibit funds from going towards the wall, but we’re unsuccessful. 

New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lyman Grisham led the charge against the border wall funds stated “The only way this body can guarantee that Trump cannot use Department of Defense funds to construct the border wall is to put that prohibition in the bill explicitly.”

House Republicans and Donald Trump were prepared to bring about a government shut down to obtain the funds according to Politico. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks even stated that he would “aggressively oppose” spending bills that did not include funding for the fall, going so far to threaten to “expose” Republicans who voted against the bill.


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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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