An internal DHS plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion but the White House’s budget proposal for 2018 included a request for just $1.6 billion.
Julia Edwards Ainsley
Top candidates for the recently vacated FBI chief position are uncertain about job security and ethical practices under a Trump administration.
The policy of targeting women with children at the border has drastically reduced the numbers of undocumented migrants trying to cross the border into the US.
Only 1,125 children travelling with guardians, who are mostly women, were apprehended at the southern US border in March.
Trump had promised to end the lottery system for H1B visas, which gives each applicant an equal chance at 65,000 positions each year.
The policy shift would allow the US government to keep parents in custody while they contest deportation or wait for asylum hearings.
The rapid start of construction was to be financed, according to the White House, with “existing funds and resources” of the Department of Homeland Security.
Democrats and civil rights and immigration groups have voiced alarm about Sessions, who won by a 52-47 vote largely along party lines.
Despite Trump’s entry ban on all refugees, according to a homeland security document, the US government will allow 872 refugees into the country this week.
A draft executive order that Trump is expected to sign would block the entry of refugees from war-torn Syria and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
Jeff Sessions has said he would oppose a ban on Muslims entering the US and would enforce a law against waterboarding.