After heavy backlash from his supporters, Trump seems to have doubled down on the wall, and forced the GOP to fund it:
This border wall funding is a stark break from the Republican-controlled Congress’s approach of restricting Trump’s authority over border barrier construction.
For example, the omnibus spending bill, while funding $1.6 billion of border projects, restricted the Trump administration to only build new barriers that are nearly identical to the bollard fencing that President Obama built in portions of New Mexico during his tenure.
The omnibus spending bill effectively banned Trump from using the funding to build a border wall using any of the prototype border walls that were constructed and tested by federal immigration officials earlier this year in the San Diego, California desert.
This has left the Trump administration relegated to building only 18 to 30-feet high bollard fencing, as Breitbart News reported.
Conversely, this $5.7 billion in border wall funding gives the Trump administration free rein to choose which barriers DHS wants to build at the southern border. The spending bill must be approved by both the House and Senate.