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Schumer to try again to block Trump's border wall maneuver
The Senate's top Democrat intends to force a vote to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“It’s a very powerful -- very powerful – wall,” the president, accompanied by border officials, said as he toured the Otay Mesa area.
Last month, the administration completed 14 miles of steel bollards up to 30 feet high. The $147 million project replaced a much shorter fence made of surplus airstrip landing mats from the Vietnam War.
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The president said it’s in one of the “most dangerous areas,” and they’ve built a “double wall” – one barrier was 18 feet, and the other was 30 feet. Before leaving, Trump used a marker to sign the wall.
He also talked up how the barrier was designed to retain heat as a deterrent. “You can fry an egg on that wall,” he said.
At the same site last year, Trump saw wall prototypes, which were destroyed to make way for 14 miles of steel bollards currently under construction.
The president and his administration have said they planned on building between 450 and 500 miles of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile border by the end of 2020, an ambitious undertaking funded by billions of defense dollars that had been earmarked for things such as military base schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities.
Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure
Lawmakers are preparing to ignore President Trump's request to loosen restrictions on border wall funding as part of a short-term spending deal. © The Hill Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure The ask, included in the Trump administration's 21-page wish list for a continuing resolution (CR), comes amid renewed tensions over the border ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline to avoid another government shutdown. The administration also announced recently it was moving forward with shifting $3.6 billion from military projects to wall construction.
Trump has been riding a string of wins on the wall and on immigration. Arrests on the Mexican border arrests plunged well beyond the usual summer dip in August.
Last week, the Supreme Court gave Trump a green light to deny asylum to anyone who passed through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without having sought protection in that third country.
Meanwhile, the Defense Department hasin Arizona over costs, according to a court document filed Monday.
The Pentagon on Aug. 26 authorized the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to undertake the additional projects to build fencing, infrastructure and lighting at the U.S.-Mexico border, the filing said.
Fox News' Melissa Leon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Trump officials considering plan to divert billions of dollars in additional funds for border barrier .
Under pressure to build faster, officials discussed a plan last week to divert billions in military construction funds again next year.The president has pledged to complete nearly 500 miles of new barrier by the 2020 election — stirring chants of “Build the Wall!” at his campaign rallies. But that construction goal will require a total of $18.4 billion in funding through 2020, far more than the administration has publicly disclosed, the administration’s latest internal projections show.
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