Trump administration asks for $1.3 billion for border wall fund
President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked Congress for $2.2 billion to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a request that comes as he and congressional Republicans are facing a growing political backlash from Democrats and a growing number of GOP lawmakers who have said they will not support funding the project.
The request is part of Trump’s effort to fund the border wall with a $1,000 surcharge on purchases of all goods from the Mexican drug cartels and other organizations that the president has accused of stealing U.A.E. jobs.
Trump’s request, which is part and parcel of a broader border funding package, was made on the heels of a major immigration bill that included funding for the wall.
House Republicans are demanding that the bill include money for the border barrier.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that if the border was to be rebuilt, it would cost the U