The Trump administration is requesting $999 million for the first round of border wall funding.
That amount will cover 62 miles, including replacing 14 miles of existing fencing, CNN reported Tuesday. The budget request documents also show the Trump administration plans to spend millions to boost detention facilities and legal support for building the wall.
Estimates for the cost of the entire wall have ranged from $12 billion to more than $20 billion.
Highlights from the proposed wall budget:
- 14 miles of new border wall in San Diego
- 28 miles of new levee wall barriers
- 6 miles of new border wall in the Rio Grande Valley
- 14 miles of replacement of existing fencing in San Diego
So far, the Trump administration requested $1 billion in its supplemental budget proposal for 2017 and $2.6 billion for border infrastructure in technology in 2018.
Despite Trump's campaign promises of a concrete wall, some Department of Homeland Security officials have recommended fencing, since that lets Border Patrol see what is happening on the other side.
The news of the border wall comes after reports that illegal border crossings fell 40 percent in February, Trump's first full month in office.
The Department of Justice reported last week that half of all federal arrests in 2014 were related to immigration.
The documents obtained by CNN claim immigration arrests are up 50 percent and requests to detain arrested individuals who are deportable are up 80 percent, though it's not clear what the baseline is for that comparison.
General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2017
Trump tweeted Sunday that "many are not even trying to come in."
WATCH | Some contractors are jumping at the chance to build part of the wall.