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Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan admitted that much of the new border wall construction is just replacing old barriers.

The president declared a state of emergency at the border in order to be able to transfer billions in military and pentagon funding to building the new border wall. On November 14, CBP acting Commissioner Morgan acknowledged that the 78 miles currently in construction has been replacing existing or “insufficient” barriers. The administration has just now started to break ground on building a wall where no barrier existed before. Morgan also acknowledged how acquiring private land for the border wall will continue to challenge the Trump administration.

The House has once again blocked border wall funding.

On Thursday, the House blocked the White House plan to divert $700 billion in Pentagon funding to build the border wall. The filibuster and vote was mostly along party lines, with Democrats criticizing the attempted transfer of money from health and education to the border wall. This was the second time in six weeks that the House has blocked the measure.

After Congress Refuses to Fund Border Wall to His Liking, President Trump Attempts End Run Around Constitution

Following Congress’s approval of an appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY2019, President Trump took steps to declare a national emergency to get funds for a border wall.

DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Construction Project in New Mexico

DHS announced that it has issued a waiver that eliminates its “obligation to comply with various laws” in the vicinity of the U.S.-Mexico border, beginning at the Santa Teresa, New Mexico port of entry and extending 20 miles westward, in order to “ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads.” DHS published a notice of determination regarding the waiver in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018.

McClatchy: Trump Aides Plot a Big Immigration Deal—That Breaks a Campaign Promise

McClatchy reports that a number of White House officials, including former and current White House Chiefs of Staff Reince Priebus and John Kelly, President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, want the president to strike an ambitious deal with Congress that offers Dreamers protection in exchange for legislation that pays for the border wall, more detention facilities, legal immigration curbs, and the implementation of E-Verify.
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