Border Wall

Cuomo urges Dems to reject border wall

Mar 11, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging congressional Democrats to reject President Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border. He addressed the 2018 SOMOS gala in Albany Saturday night, saying the border wall is a symbol of the Trump's administration's anti-immigrant policies. Cuomo said Democrats embrace diversity.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) said Congress has a lot on its plate when lawmakers return to Washington after their summer recess. Both the House and Senate will be acting on a continuing resolution for government spending, an extension of the debt limit and tax reform.

Senator Chuck Schumer criticized President Trump's plan to slash costal and airport security funding.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

The Trump administration is considering alternative ways to pay for the border wall, backtracking on the president's oft-repeated promise that Mexico would foot the bill.

A White House spokesman said one idea taking shape is to apply a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, as well as other countries with which the U.S. has a trade deficit. That would effectively saddle U.S. consumers with a significant portion of the wall's cost, estimated at $15 billion or more.

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

President Trump has signed two executive orders related to immigration and border security, moving ahead with his plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and to deport people who are in the country illegally.