Earlier this year, the Trump administration requested $1.6 billion for border wall construction projects, however, White House officials have stated that this amount will be increased to at least $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2019.
The $1.3 trillion spending plan this year did not include any funds for the border wall project. It is estimated that the proposed wall could cost $25 billion to complete.
Security at most of America’s 2,000-mile southern border is tighter than it has ever been. The federal government invests $18 billion a year to ensure that safety. More than all other federal criminal-law-enforcement agencies combined.
As a military town and gateway to trade, the Chamber understands the vital importance of security and trade to our entire nation, however, a wall does not ensure security. To further increase border security we need to increase efficiency. An efficient border is a secure border and a thriving national economy.
The Chamber’s advocacy efforts are aimed at building critical infrastructure and investing in technology and staffing. The funding needs are many and will generate a higher return on investment than a border wall. These projects have been part of the Chamber’s priorities as we meet with top-level government officials during our Mexico City and Washington D.C. delegation trips. For more information about our upcoming trip to Washington D.C. please click here.