by Countable | 2.28.18
President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he will not begin construction on his border wall with Mexico until Congress fully funds the project:
I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
The move comes a day after a judge ruled the Trump administration had the legal authority to waive environmental laws to expedite the construction of the wall.
In his budget proposal to Congress, Trump requested $23 billion for border security, with $18 billion earmarked for his "big beautiful wall."
Congress has yet to pass any legislation to fund the wall, and Trump’s demands that Mexico pay for its construction have not materialized.
The president has been urging lawmakers to reject any DACA proposals that do not include funds for securing the border.
As the L.A. Times explained, Trump’s "tweet, an apparent attempt to punish California, seemed to be an effort to fuel the continuing battle between the state’s liberal, pro-immigration officials and Trump’s White House."
It is unclear what Trump means regarding the "sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW" given the state’s opposition to the project.
The Golden State’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, vowed to continue fighting the wall:
We will evaluate all of our options and are prepared to do what is necessary to protect our people, our values, and our economy from federal overreach. A medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border simply does not belong in the 21st century.— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) February 28, 2018
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