President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes $2.6 billion for border security, of which $1.6 billion is for "bricks and mortar for a wall," according to Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget director.
The money would cover a few dozen miles of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a source familiar with the budget justification said in a Tuesday CNN report.
In addition to money for the wall, another $1 billion would pay for aircraft, weapons, roads, and equipment for communications, surveillance, and inspections, according to budget documents, the CNN report said.
The budget proposal would only support 500 new Border Patrol agents and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the report said. The president had asked for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new immigration officers.
Mulvaney said in a Tuesday briefing with reporters that the budget shows that the Trump administration's priorities are more money for defense and border security.
On Monday, Mulvaney said the budget is focused on taxpayers.
"This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes," Mulvaney said, according to The Atlantic.
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