Any average american will tell you that border protection is one of the major problems facing our Nation today. Over the past decade, studies have found that an average of 1 million immigrants have entered the country annually. As of today, there are roughly 37 million immigrants now residing here in the United States. Recent Presidents have a history of trying to implement comprehensive immigration policies, from George W. Bush’s welcoming message to immigrants (much to the dismay of his party), to Barrack Obama’s prolific speech acknowledging that the government had failed practices of immigration and that immigration reform needed to happen.
Walking to the beat of an entirely different drum from his predecessors, President Trump ran his entire campaign with the promise of dismantling any immigrant’s ability to cross into the U.S. illegally, and throughout his campaign demanded of the government to build a massive 2,000 mile long wall, reinforced with border agents along it’s mammoth divide between the United States and Mexico. The Wall is a campaign promise that has yet to be met, and different factions of the government are squabbling with one another to figure out just how this wall is going to be funded.
Although the process is taking longer than President Trump would have liked, it does appear that funds are accumulating.
The Wall has a proposed budget of around $18 billion dollars, yet legislation has never been implemented for a project of this caliber before (except for military projects). Given the sheer size and ramifications of it existing, key officials and lawmakers are still scrambling to find a way to fund the wall without the approval of The Democrats, who currently stand against the construction of the wall and still advocate for immigration reform. A recent proposal by Representative Bradley Bryne, Republican from Alaska, introduces legislation aimed at allowing Republicans to circumvent votes from Democrats to pay for the wall. The proposal has the same build as a proposal from 2017, which was used to pass a Tax Overhaul Bill. If the proposal works, and Republicans are allowed to pass legislation with around 50 votes, a request of funds from The U.S. Treasury at the tune of $25 billion dollars will be allocated to The Department of Homeland Security for both a security trust and border protection.