The White House is offering its support of a House spending bill that includes enough money to build more than 200 miles of new border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement Wednesday night that praised the $5 billion allocated for border wall construction included in a bill introduced earlier Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee.
“The administration strongly supports” the border wall funding, Sanders said. “This funding is critical to the administration’s top priority, securing the nation’s borders. It will enable the construction of over 200 miles of new physical barrier along the southern border, including associated surveillance technology and access roads.
“These investments are essential to deterring, preventing, and denying illegal border crossings by would-be illegal immigrants, human traffickers, criminal aliens, child smugglers, and drug dealers.”
The bill also allocates money to add more beds at ICE detention facilities and to hire more IC agents.
“The administration will continue to advocate for the full 2019 budget request levels for these priorities and for a Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker,” Sanders said.
The Homeland Security bill includes $126 million for border security technology, $223 million for inspection equipment, and 140 additional U.S. Customs and Border Patrol canine teams, $108 million for opioid detection efforts, and several other security-related expenditures.