The Pentagon has authorised $1bn to begin construction of a border wall on the US-Mexico border. It will be used to build 92km of fencing and improve roads. President Donald Trump has called the situation at the Mexican border a "crisis" and insists a physical barrier is needed to stop criminals crossing into the US. Mr Trump issued the first veto of his presidency earlier this month, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan authorised the funding, which prompted anger from the opposition. A statement on the Department of Defense website read: "Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan authorized the commander of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol. "These funds will be used to support DHS’s request to build 57 miles of 18-foot-high pedestrian fencing, … [Read more...] about Pentagon authorises $1bn to begin US-Mexico border wall construction
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DONALD Trump shut down the US government for 35 days after Democrats refuse to fund his border wall. Now his national emergency order to release military funds has run into a legal block. Here's the latest. Why did Donald Trump shut down the US Government? Donald Trump vowed to shut down the government in a fiery Oval Office meeting with Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They were refusing to bow to his demands for $5.7billion to build a 200-mile barrier. The shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and lasted a record 35 days until January 25, 2019. Mr Trump threatened a second shutdown which was averted with a deal between Democrats and Republicans to provide just over $1bn for the wall. The president still insists the wall is needed to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Why did Donald Trump declare a national emergency? On Februaqry 15, the president went through with his earlier threat to invoke a national emergency by presidential order. That gives … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s US-Mexico border wall get built and why did he declare a national emergency?
Donald Trump is to declare a national emergency to fulfil his pledge to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border. The president said he will use executive powers to bypass Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought. He plans to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counter-drug efforts for the wall. The move is already drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. "I am going to be signing a national emergency," Trump said from the Rose Garden at the White House, as he claimed illegal immigration marked "an invasion of our country". In a rare show of bipartisanship, legislators voted on Thursday to fund large swaths of the government and avoid a repeat of this winter's debilitating five-week government shutdown. The money in the bill for border barriers, about 1.4 billion dollars (£1.1 billion), is far below the 5.7 billion dollars (£4.4 billion) Trump … [Read more...] about Donald Trump declares national emergency to build US-Mexico border wall
DONALD Trump shut down the US government for 35 days because Democrats refuse to fund his border wall. Here we reveal what he said, what the wall will look like, and how much it cost. Why did Donald Trump shut down the US Government over the Mexico border wall? Donald Trump vowed to shut down the government over the wall in a fiery Oval Office meeting with Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The President promised he would allow a partial shutdown of the federal government if Congress does not provide £3.95billion ($5billion) to build the wall. Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller has called it a "fundamental issue". When asked if the administration was willing to allow parts of the government to cease operation at midnight on Friday, December 21, if the wall was not funded, Miller answered: "If it comes to it, absolutely." The shut down began on December 22, 2018. Democrats, who will take over the House of Representatives in January, and some fellow Republicans … [Read more...] about Will Donald Trump’s US-Mexico border wall get build and when will the US Government shutdown end?
opinion Frances Lynch Opinion contributor Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 26, 2018 My Arizona home is an hour’s drive from the U.S.-Mexico border. Residents of border towns are not strangers to the concept of a border wall. But there’s one recent thing that I wasn’t quite prepared for: the sight of the U.S. military stringing razor wire across the existing border wall. As I watch the military personnel installing mile after mile of razor wire, I’m reminded of another wall, one that caused my own family grief and pain: the Berlin Wall. In 1961, on what became known as "Barbed Wire Sunday,” the East German military secretly unloaded tons of concrete, stone blocks and barbed wire in Berlin under the cover of darkness. Many Berliners awoke to find themselves trapped, separated overnight from families, friends and loved ones. Television carried footage of panicked East Berliners who lived right on the border jumping out of apartment … [Read more...] about With barbed wire, US-Mexico border wall begins to resemble Berlin Wall