President Trump will ask Congress for $1.5 billion this year to begin work on the wall he promised to build at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The money is part of a $30 billion supplemental spending request that’s being sent to lawmakers on Thursday, according to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.
The request could trigger a fierce partisan showdown over the controversial wall proposal, as well as Trump’s broader efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.
Trump is effectively making a down payment on one of his major campaign promises — the proposed border wall was a rallying cry of his presidential campaign, and he promised to make Mexico pay for it.
The Reopen America Back to School Special is now live! Earn double Patriot Points on our hottest items!