Border-wall funding passes 1st hurdle

By Alicia Powe

U.S. border with Mexico stretches more than 1,950 miles, much of it unpatrolled.

U.S. border with Mexico stretches more than 1,950 miles, much of it unpatrolled.

WASHINGTON – The GOP-led House finally is moving President Trump’s long-awaited promise of a border wall closer to reality.

The president’s plans for a border wall have been subverted by a number of obstacles – the Senate refusal to green-light a $1.6 billion down payment for the wall, wavering estimates on the wall’s total cost and a lawsuit from California.

But legislation for the project now is advancing.

The House Homeland Security Committee cleared the Border Security for America Act of 2017, a bill that would authorize $10 billion for “tactical infrastructure” spending for a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border, Wednesday.

It’s past time lawmakers get a handle on the border, Committee Chairman Michal McCaul, the Texas Republican who wrote the legislation, argued during the legislation markup hearing Wednesday.

“We’ve been talking about border security for so many years, and now we finally have a chance to get this done. We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue,” McCaul said.

“The American people are threatened by international terrorists, human traffickers, drug smugglers, and transnational gangs like MS-13 who try to …read more

Source:: World Net Daily