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Trump's Stalled Wall Shuts Down American Government

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In a letter to Congress on Sunday, the White House demanded $5.7 billion for 234 miles (377 km) of new wall and fence, more than double the $2.5 billion Congressional leaders have offered in compromise.
“A physical barrier —- wall —- creates an enduring capability that helps field personnel stop, slow down, and/or contain illegal entries,” said the letter.
The White House also asked for hundreds of millions of dollars for more immigration judges, border and interior enforcement agents, shelter for detained migrants, and drug enforcement.
– Why won’t politicians fund it? –

Both Democrats and Republicans have regarded Trump’s wall project as excessive, expensive and inefficient in dealing with the problem.
They dismiss claims that a border without a wall is a major security threat.
“On terrorism and other threats, I’ve received more briefings from FBI, CIA, and DHS than I could count,” said Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday.
Trump has said repeatedly that without a wall, drug smugglers and violent gangs like MS-13 easily cross into the United States.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen says a wall would help prevent potential terrorists from entering the country. She says the Border Patrol has intercepted some 3,000 suspicious migrants on the southern border.
“I am sure all Americans would agree that one terrorist reaching our borders is one too many,” she said Monday.
But narcotics experts say most drugs are shipped through official ports and the wall won’t make much difference.
And Nielsen would not say if any proven terrorists had been arrested at the southern border or had crossed it to successfully enter the country.
– What does Trump want? –
Trump wants to make good on his promise to build a wall.
Several hundred million dollars has already been spent to replace old fences and walls in some heavily-traveled areas, like the westernmost part of the border between Tijuana and San Diego.
In addition, surveillance by patrols, cameras and drones has increased.
Together they have helped reduce illegal crossings in the area.

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