It seems that amidst his many flip-flops, President-elect Donald Trump is trying to make good on one of his campaign promises: to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Plot twist? Mexico won’t be the one to pay for it.
According to CNN, House Republicans, as well as the Trump transition team, are actively working to make sure that the border wall campaign promise actually reaches fruition. However, instead of Mexico paying for the wall, like the President-elect vehemently promised during his campaign, the funds may reportedly come through the appropriations process instead.
As Politico reports, Republicans have floated around the idea of packaging the wall funding into a larger spending bill — a bill that must be dealt with in April, otherwise the government risks shut down. Republican lawmakers are reportedly convinced that, in daring Democrats to vote against the proposed bill, they’d be inciting a “public relations war” — essentially forcing the bill to be passed.
The Trump transition team claims that there’s precedent for Mr. Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall by way of former President Bush, who “authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of ‘physical barrier’ on the southern border.”
The 2006 Secure Fence Act, included as part of a broader immigration reform package, originally called for 850 miles of double fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long southern border. Lawmakers amended the law in 2008 to reduce that number to a minimum of 700 miles, a change that also gave the secretary of homeland security discretion over what kind of “physical barrier” to construct.
Indiana Republican Representative Luke Messer explained,
“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border.”