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White House FY2020 Budget Proposal includes $8.6 billion in border wall funding

  1. Date Announced

    March 11, 2019

    President Trump requests $8.6 billion in border wall funding as part of the fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. CBP's budget would increase by 22% and additional provisions of the budget proposal include creation of a new “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Fund.” Trump's budget proposes increases in immigration filing fees and worksite enforcement penalties as well as financing from “mandatory receipts,” which could refer to visa application fees, customs fees and other sources of revenue, and tax dollars appropriated for other purposes. [ID #379]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  3. Subsequent Action

    March 26, 2019

    Democratic Representative Adam Smith, the committee’s chairman, said the panel did not approve the proposed use of Pentagon funds. His stance could end up being symbolic, as the Pentagon insists it has the authority to shift the money. However, it could prompt Congress to change the law to prevent presidents from taking similar action in the future.

    The House Committee on Armed Services denies reprogramming request to transfer $1.0 billion for border wall construction
  4. Biden Administration Action

    April 9, 2021

    This Biden administration policy would, if enacted, revoke in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On April 9, 2021, OMB issued a Summary of the President’s Discretionary Funding Request. Although "[t]he President’s 2022 discretionary request provides $52.0 billion for DHS," it "includes no additional funding for border wall construction and proposes the cancellation of prior-year balances that are unobligated at the end of 2021."

    Summary of the President’s Discretionary Funding Request (FY 2022)


Vox: Trump budget proposes raising fees for legal immigrants

An administration official told Politico that between the 2020 budget, the 2019 authorization and emergency declaration, and the barriers the administration has built or is building from 2017 and 2018 funds, Trump would be able to boast the completion of 722 miles of barriers in time for the 2020 presidential election. The administration official described this as “finishing the wall."

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