Trump is preparing to send his fiscal 2020 budget proposal to Congress and, according to Reuters, Trump will ask for almost $9 billion for his fantasy border wall.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for his promised wall on the U.S-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters. [...]
Trump will propose an overall 5 percent increase to the Department of Homeland Security budget over fiscal 2019 appropriations, including $3.3 billion, or 22 percent more, for Customs and Border Protection, and $1.2 billion more for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a 16 percent hike, officials said.
The budget proposal includes a plan to hire more than 2,800 law enforcement and support personnel for the agencies, and 100 immigration judge teams, officials said.
The full details of Trump's budget proposal are not available yet, but what we do know tells it will be another fiscally-reckless spending spree.
There's a zero percent chance Trump's budget will ever become law while Democrats control of the House of Representative, but his proposal can still tell us how he intends to campaign in 2020. It tells he plans to campaign on a wall; to campaign on racism. Again.
Trump's proposal also tells us that funding the federal government in the next fiscal year which begins on October 1st will require another continuing resolution to keep the government running at or near current spending levels. The possibility of a government shutdown -- or perhaps multiple shutdowns -- will return when Trump hits the campaign trail.
The $8.6 billion Trump will ask Congress for is not a replacement for the money he is attempting to allocate for a border wall through this fake emergency. It would be an addition to his fake emergency.