Trump Wants $1B to Build 62 Miles of Border Wall
Texas AG won't object to use of eminent domain
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2017 1:57 AM CDT
Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana and San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)
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(Newser) – What's "big, beautiful," and roughly $3,000 a foot? It's President Trump's border wall, according to Homeland Security budget documents obtained by CNN. The documents outline a request of $1 billion to cover 62 miles of border wall—48 miles of new barriers in San Diego and the Rio Grande Valley region, and 14 miles of replacement barrier in San Diego. Trump has promised a wall along all 1,954 miles of the border with Mexico, and while he has spoken of building a concrete barrier, US Customs and Border Protection has asked contractors to provide plans for see-through fences as well, an option preferred by officials who say they want to see what's happening on the other side.

Trump is also seeking funding for border expenses beyond wall construction, including expanded detention facilities, according to the funding documents. Another expense is legal support, which will include funds to buy privately owned land along the border through eminent domain. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has fought fiercely for the rights of property owners in other cases but he says he does not have a problem with eminent domain being used in cases that serve a public purpose, such as road construction. "In my mind, this is a very similar purpose," he tells the Dallas Morning News. "It's a public purpose providing safety to people not only along the border, but to the entire nation."

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