US-Mexico border wall: Pentagon authorises $1bn transfer

US-Mexico border wall: Pentagon authorises $1bn transfer 1

The Pentagon has authorised the transfer of $1bn (£758m) to army engineers for new wall construction along the US-Mexico border. Fences already run along stretches of the US-Mexico border The funds are the first under the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to bypass Congress and build the barrier he pledged during his election campaign. Democrats have protested against the move. The funds will be used to build about 57 miles (91km) of fencing. Related Articles President Trump has called the situation at the southern border a “crisis” and…

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Trump to declare emergency over Mexico border wall

Trump to declare emergency over Mexico border wall 2

Democratic and Republican politicians have sharply criticised President Trump’s plan to use emergency powers to pay for a border wall with Mexico. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in El Paso, Texas The rarely-used move would enable Mr Trump to bypass Congress, which has refused to approve the money needed. Senior Democrats accused the president of a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. Several Republicans also voiced concern at the plan. Building a border wall was a key campaign pledge of Mr Trump’s campaign. Related Articles Declaring…

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Since ‘El Chapo’ is going to jail, why not make him pay for the border wall?

Since ‘El Chapo’ is going to jail, why not make him pay for the border wall? 3

With Democrats and Republicans locked in a staring contest over border security, there’s a solution here that secures the border and won’t cost the taxpayers one dime: Let’s build a wall, and make El Chapo pay for it. Ted Cruz and El Chapo Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, the infamous Mexican drug lord also known as “El Chapo,” was convicted Tuesday by a New York jury on 10 counts in connection with his years-long international drug-smuggling operation. El Chapo will be sentenced in June; after a history of high-profile escapes, he…

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Donald Trump’s wall: How tech guards the US-Mexico border

Donald Trump’s wall: How tech guards the US-Mexico border 4

By Nick Kwek |BBC| “We gotta get outta here!” cries Agent Daniel Hernandez of US Border Patrol. Moments earlier a hurled rock from over the fence whacked the tin roof next to us with an almighty thud. Its target: Agent Hernandez, my camerawoman and yours truly. The IFTs are used to detect, identify and track illegal border crossings “You gotta limit your exposure when you’re there by the International Fence, you know,” says Agent Hernandez, once we’re safely back in his truck. I do now. Related Articles We are in…

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Donald Trump details plan for tougher US entry for migrants

Donald Trump details plan for tougher US entry for migrants 5

The president said that if migrants “throw rocks at our military” then US soldiers should “consider it a rifle”. Donald Trump referred to immigrants as ‘illegal aliens’ Donald Trump says he is finalising a plan to force migrants to present themselves at a legal port of entry to get into the US. The president, speaking in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, told reporters: “We have no choice. “We will defend our borders and we will defend our country.” Related Articles He added: “No nation can allow itself to…

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