On Sunday, US president Donald Trump said that the building and fixing of the border fencing that separates the US and Mexico will begin “immediately” after congress approved $1.6 billion for the project.
The House approved money for border fencing and security, not a wall.
Through his Twitter account, Trump wrote, “A lot can be done with the $1.6 billion given to building and fixing the border wall. It’s just a down payment. Work will begin immediately.”
Money recently approved by the House will be spent on border security, including technology and repairs to already existing border wall areas. Of the $1.6 billion budget, $641 million will go toward repairing 33 miles of the Rio Grande Valley border fence.
During 2017, Customs and Border Protection spent nearly $20 million USD on prototypes to determined which type of wall best curbed the illegal drug trafficking and immigration. In October, allegations of a wall for Dreamers trade were made by Democrats.
Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has not made any pubic comment about the approved budget for the US-Mexico border.