Trump administration says hiring standards won't lessen for Border Patrol

During the campaign, Trump's supporters would regularly break into enthusiastic chants of "Build that wall!" at rallies when the candidate would discuss his plans for border security and immigration.

Senate Democrats have already threatened a government shutdown over the border wall that Mexico is not paying for (adios, Meals on Wheels).

Now president, President Trump has assured the country, via executive order, that he will fulfill that estimated $15 billion campaign pledge, along with the expectation that he will slash funding to a bevy of federal agencies and domestic programs. Bush administration ultimately built more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) of barriers from Texas to California, with Obama-era officials continuing legal fights to build additional fencing.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters at the White House press briefing the combined $4.1 billion that will be set aside for the wall's construction in 2017 and 2018 is merely a start.

"The President is going to build the wall, that's just it".

President Trump's first federal budget blueprint proposes $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

"He's definitely throwing several billion dollars at something that is going to be unneeded, unwanted and ineffective", he said. Congress needs to pass the appropriations bills by April 28 to keep the government open.


He also wants to boost immigration courts by $80 million to pay for 75 additional teams of judges.

But Atalla said he doesn't expect to win any work on the wall: His LED lights are made in China, and that's unlikely to go over well with the administration's mantra of buying and hiring American.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other top Democrats warned GOP leaders this week that they are willing to risk a shutdown fight to block the wall.

"If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders ... they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy", New York Sen.

A DHS spokesman told TheDC, "because these agencies need time to significantly ramp up their recruiting pipeline and absorb this surge in new employees, the Budget makes a down payment on this commitment, proposing funding for the first 10 percent of these new hires: 500 Border Patrol Agents and 1,000 new ICE officers and agents in addition to support personnel".

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), whose district spans more of the border than any other, called a wall "the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border" in a January statement.

"My focus is on defense spending".

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