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A truck drives near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.  U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

Trump's team is reportedly asking for $1 billion for the first 62 miles of the border wall

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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. 

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Workers continue work raising a taller fence in the Mexico-US border separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration will be working in partnership in Mexico to improve safety and economic opportunity for both countries and will have "close coordination" with Mexico to address drug smuggling. It will set in motion the construction of his proposed border wall, a key promise from his 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

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.

Trump tweeted Sunday that "many are not even trying to come in."

Trump's team is reportedly asking for $1 billion for the first 62 miles of the border wall

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