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Trump, GOP crafting border wall plan: reports

Trump, GOP crafting border wall plan: reports
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE's team and GOP House lawmakers are working on a plan to build the president-elect's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border using American tax dollars, according to multiple reports.

CNN reported Thursday that Republican leaders hope to fund the wall project through the appropriations process as early as April, citing House GOP officials. 

Trump has long promised that Mexico will pay for construction of the wall, although his campaign has also previously said that Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the project's costs.

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Trump’s team is reportedly citing a 2006 law as authority for building the wall, but how it would be paid for is unclear.

Politico on Thursday reported that the '06 measure in question was signed by former President George W. Bush and authorized the construction of a more than 700-mile “physical barrier” on the nation’s southern border. The law was never fully implemented and can be continued from where it left off due to its lack of a sunset provision.

Politico reported that Republicans are also looking to pass a larger border security package later in the year. 

Republicans told CNN they believe Democrats will relent when faced with a choice between funding the wall or a government shutdown. 

CNN’s sources added that notable Democrats including then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 Obama shares video of him visiting Maryland vaccination site GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (Ill.), Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (N.Y.) and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE (N.Y.) voted in favor of the 2006 border legislation. 

“[It is] big dollars, but it is a question of priorities,” Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) said. “Democrats may well find themselves in the position to shut down all of the government to stop the buildout of a wall, or of a barrier, or of a fence.”

“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border," he said.

The border wall, and Mexico footing the bill, was one of Trump's major campaign promises, and one he has reiterated since his election.

When Trump met with Mexico's president in late August, he said during a joint press conference that the issue of the wall never came up. But President Enrique Peña Nieto said after their meeting that he made it clear Mexico would not pay for the wall.