Dallas city officials worry that hundreds of millions of dollars in flood control funding for the Trinity River corridor could be siphoned off to build a border wall if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico line.
It’s a shutdown storm the city is desperate to avoid.
“We’ve been planning these flood control projects for 50 years,” said Dallas City Council member Lee Kleinman, who leads the council committee that oversees infrastructure projects. “To reallocate it to a wall along the border … just seems like a waste of money.”
That concern comes amid a deepening stalemate in Washington over Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a border wall, with the White House, a Democratic House and a Republican Senate unable to end a historic partial government shutdown.