Letters to the Editor

Border wall: Small share of overall budget

The 2018 federal budget had a deficit of $779 billion in fiscal year 2018. The $5.7 billion that President Trump is asking for to build the wall is less than 1 percent of that deficit.

While we do not like to see budget deficits, the amount he is asking for is trivial compared to the total budget.

Wouldn’t it be easier for Congress to put this petty amount into the budget and end this crisis?