Trump Asks Congress For $999 Million To Start Building The Border Wall

In an unanimous vote, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution this week to divest from any company involved with President Donald Trump's border wall.

Mexico's Cemex (CX) says it won't help build the Trump Administration's planned border wall, but it does expect to benefit from rising cement prices with increased demand from more USA infrastructure spending.

Probably the earliest such proposal came from IL, where just two weeks after Trump was declared president, Will Guzzardi, a state representative from Chicago, proposed legislation to divest the state's pension funds and investments from companies that worked on the border wall.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), added that the president's budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 would find funds for the wall by making cuts in other departments, but confirmed that "it's coming out of the treasury".

"The intent of this procurement is to acquire and evaluate available wall prototypes and provide some initial construction of some wall segments, but is not intended as the vehicle for the procurement of the total wall solution for the border with Mexico", the contract listing from Customs and Border Patrol states.

For reference, Kelly said the drop was further significant because the CBP usually sees a 10 to 20 percent increase in apprehensions at the country's southern border in the first two months of the year.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Center for Mobility for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, U.S. March 15, 2017. In response to the president's budget proposal released Thursday, BART tweeted the proposal, as it stands right now, would eliminate 32 perent of funding for the agency's extension to San Jose. In other words, increasing spending on the wall will require cuts somewhere else. The department hopes to formally request bids "soon". But as the Trump administration is already finding, slashing budgets is easier in theory than practice. GOP hawks, meanwhile, have already raised concerns about what major reductions in foreign aid funding will do to America's role in the world.

The lengthy Texas portion of the border is defined by the Rio Grande - a fact at the heart of a broad consensus among security experts, and federal and state officials from both parties in Texas, that a physical barrier is neither necessary nor feasible along most of that.

That doesn't make the funding for the wall safe. Democrats loathe the idea of the wall. Obrador's statements came after the federal judge's decision to block Trump's latest travel ban. That, of course, would result in a government shutdown.

"Our city is one that is known for breaking down walls, not building them", said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin.

The U.S. -Mexico border in Sasabe, Ariz. And Cornyn anxious that paying for it would add to the country's growing debt. He also promised again and again that Mexico would pay for its construction. But the Mexican government has emphatically rejected no American politicians, of any political stripe, appears to be buying it, either.

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