By Itunuoluwa Adebo
The Trump administration is planning to ask for a relatively small amount of money to start building the President’s long-promised border wall this year far short of estimates of what the wall might cost.
Despite the President’s repeated calls to begin building immediately the substantive wall along the entire Southern border, which experts say would cost tens of billions of dollars, the administration is not asking for even a fraction of that in the near-term.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney previously said the supplemental request, which will also include defense spending, will total $30 billion.
But according to preliminary numbers shared with CNN by a source familiar with the proposal, only $6.6 billion of the supplemental budget request will go toward border security — and just $1 billion of that will be for the wall.
The supplemental sets aside another $1.8 billion to support other aspects of the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration. That money will go toward detention costs, including increasing the number of beds and hiring more immigration and border agents.
The remaining $3.8 billion in the supplemental request would go to other DHS expenses, including $1.7 billion to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for enforcement, investigations, and training; $1.4 billion to the Coast Guard; and $451 million for Customs and Border Protection operations.
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