Border lawmakers balk at Donald Trump’s wall request

A U.S. border wall tops a levee near the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border near La Grulla, Texas./ PHOTO- JOHN MOORE:GETTY IMAGES

No House or Senate members from the region express support for the funding proposal

By Laura Meckler and Kristina Peterson | The Wall Street Journal

Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, testing the administration’s ability to reach a deal on government funding next week.

Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed and many said they have unanswered questions. A few were noncommittal, but not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region expressed support for the funding request. That includes nine members of the House and eight senators across four states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

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