One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s most touted campaign promises was that he was going to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The then-presidential candidate claimed that Mexico would pay for it. However, time and time again, the American people have shown that simply is not the case.
Trump’s budget proposals paint a strikingly different picture than Trump did on the campaign trail. In fact, they include $4.1 billion for the wall – at a time when Trump is cutting funding to many other programs that are necessary and effect the daily lives of Americans, like the Environmental Protection agency and USDA.
According to Reuters, Trump is asking for $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year and another $2.6 billion in the 2018 fiscal year – which begins in October.
Earlier this year, Mexico made it very clear that they would not pay for the wall. Then, Trump claimed that Meixco would eventually reimburse the U.S. for the cost of the wall. It seems, however, that the never ending excuses have finally come to an end and the American taxpayer will ultimately be stuck footing the bill for Trump’s much promised border wall.
As a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security shows, the estimated cost of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is far higher than Trump had promised while campaigning for his seat in the Oval Office. While Trump had initially claimed that building the wall would cost $12 billion, DHS estimates it will cost $21.6 billion and take three years to build.