Montana Republican proposes state give $8M for border wall

US-Mexico border wall near Santa Teresa, New Mexico/Photo: U.S. CBP

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's Senate president is proposing the state give more than $8 million to help build President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border.

At least one other state, South Dakota, is considering voicing support for Trump's wall.

A Senate Concurrent Resolution was filed in the South Dakota Legislature: >i>Commending and thanking the men and women of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), urging Congress and the President to fund construction of the southern border wall, and urging Congress and the President to ensure compliance with and enforcement of federal immigration laws.

But Montana, which last year faced a massive budget shortfall, appears to be the first to propose spending its own money on the project.

Scott Sales, a Republican, says his proposal is a "small token" to show border security "is of vital interest to all citizens regardless of what state they live in."

House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner, a Democrat, says he'd like to see Sales focus on building Montana's infrastructure.

Trump headed to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday amid a government shutdown over the $5.7 billion he's seeking for the wall.