According to House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, “There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation” to fund border security for the rest of this year in order to avoid another government shutdown. Democrats who previously supported $1.3 billion for new border fencing or improvements to existing fencing in 2019, are now against the proposal as long as President Trump has demanded $5.7 billion to start construction on the border wall between the U.S and Mexico.
In a tweet, Trump accused Democrats of becoming the party of “open borders and crime.” During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he was going to build the wall but he maintained that Mexico would pay for it. Trump has vowed to reject a border security bill that does not have a wall funding in it. According to him: “Without a wall, it doesn’t work.”
Despite all odds, Trump is not giving up on his demand for $5.7 billion to build the wall because he believes that a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the U.S/Mexico border.
Democrats on the other hand argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along 234 miles (377 kilometers) will not solve the problems and that wall-building program will cost much more than projected.SEE: More USA News in USA News Archive as well as in USA News In Brief.