House Homeland Security Committee Approves Billions To Fund POTUS Trump’s Border Wall

President Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his core campaign promises; building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. On Wednesday the House Homeland Security Committee passed legislation to approve billions of dollars in funding for the wall. 

Washington Examiner reports:

The House Homeland Security Committee passed legislation Wednesday that would provide $10 billion toward President Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a step toward possible consideration on the House floor.

The committee passed Wednesday afternoon in a party-line vote, after dismissing all Democratic amendments.

The House Homeland Security Committee passed legislation Wednesday that would provide $10 billion toward President Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a step toward possible consideration on the House floor.

The committee passed Wednesday afternoon in a party-line vote, after dismissing all Democratic amendments.

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security announced it has issued a waiver “to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction near Calexico, California” reports KVOA.

Per KVOA:

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws.

The Department has exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), as amended, on five previous occasions from 2005 to 2008, as well as exercising this waiver authority earlier this year for a project in the San Diego area, which was announced in August.

This current waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, a critical sector for border security. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 19,400 undocumented immigrants and seized approximately 2,899 pounds of marijuana and approximately 126 pounds of cocaine in the El Centro Sector.

As TGP previously reported, CBP announced it awarded four companies “other materials” contracts for border wall prototypes.

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