President Donald Trump said his Homeland Security officials will “make a plea” for the border wall with Mexico during a briefing for congressional leaders Wednesday at the White House as the partial government shutdown over his demand for wall funding entered its 12th day.
U.S. President Donald Trump pushed again Wednesday for taxpayer funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, even as he claimed without evidence that Mexico is already paying for it through a new trade deal and that much of the barrier has been built.
“Walls work,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting, with a poster of himself lying on the table in front of him. Trump contended, without citing specifics, that 30-35 million people are in the United States illegally.
“Our southern border is like a sieve,” he said. “We need barriers.”
Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, on a video feed, told the president and other Cabinet members that “fake families” have been entering the United States in an effort to remain in the country.