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Trump’s Fence Costs $1 Billion Per Mile

1.7 miles

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told,” Bloomberg reports.


Now Trump Wants $8.6 Billion for Border Wall

$8.6 billion

“President Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking,” Reuters reports. “The demand is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year.”


Majority Disapprove of Trump’s Emergency Declaration

66% to 33%

A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters overwhelmingly disapprove of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall on the border with Mexico, 66% to 31%. However, Republicans back his use of emergency powers for the wall, 69% to 29%.Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group disapproves of this action.

Poetic Justice


All hail Donald Trump, the Commander-in-Thief!
He found a way around emergency declaration grief.
He’ll grab some money
From the U.S. Army,
And steal the rest from California and Puerto Rico disaster relief.


Trump Sending More Troops to the Border


New York Times: “The Trump administration was moving on its own to fortify the southwestern border with thousands of active-duty military troops. The number of deployed troops on the Mexican border was set to exceed the high of 5,900 reached around the November elections, as about 3,700 active-duty troops were being sent to assist with the Department of Homeland Security’s border patrol efforts. … Senior officers are voicing greater worries that the deployed troops are not conducting the training needed for their regular missions, while other military units must now pick up the routine duties on behalf of their deployed colleagues.”


Solid Majority Opposes Trump’s Wall


A new Gallup poll finds 60% of Americans oppose major new construction of walls along the U.S.-Mexico border — the goal behind President Trump’s budget showdown with Democratic leaders that led to a record 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government.


Coulter Calls Trump ‘Lazy’ and a ‘Lunatic’

“We put this lunatic in the White House for one reason.”

— Ann Coulter, telling Yahoo News that President Trump is “lazy and incompetent” and warned that he might face a challenger for the Republican presidential nomination if he doesn’t build a wall on the Mexican border.


Voters Oppose Another Shutdown Over Wall, Against Emergency Declaration


A new Morning Consult poll finds just 31% of voters support shutting the government down again to force Congress to appropriate money for the wall, while nearly twice that many, 58%, oppose another shutdown. Meanwhile, President Trump has suggested that he could declare a “national emergency” to avert a shutdown but still build the wall — but that, too, is unpopular. A narrow, 51% majority opposes declaring an emergency, which is supported by 38%.


GOP Walks Back ‘Wall’ Rhetoric

“It could be barrier. It doesn’t have to be a wall.”

— House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), saying that a border security compromise that Congress hopes to produce doesn’t have to include the word “wall,” signaling a rhetorical retreat from a term that President Trump made a keystone of his presidential campaign.

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Trump’s Wall: What’s Really at Stake

Beautiful, rugged land. Animals in their habitats. National parks. All and more are at risk.