Trump administration requests $18 billion for border wall

by Frankie Norman January 7, 2018, 4:37
Trump administration requests $18 billion for border wall

The Trump administration has proposed spending $US18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico. "I have a very good relationship with Mexico".

Trump and congressional Republicans have insisted on tougher border security, especially along the southwestern border with Mexico. Yes, but Mexico will pay.

The Trump administration is preparing to ask Congress for $18 billion to build President Donald Trump's envisioned "big, lovely wall" along the U.S. -Mexico border. "In some form, Mexico will pay for the wall".

Trump has demanded a border wall in exchange for passing legislation that would shield from deportation hundreds of thousands of young migrants brought to the U.S. as children, known as Dreamers.

If that work was completed, more than half of the almost 2,000 mile-border with Mexico would be lined with a physical barrier.

Trump has tied protection for Dreamers to his own demands, telling reporters Saturday at a press conference from Camp David: "We want the wall".

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin has been meeting with a bipartisan group of senators almost every day to negotiate DACA's future. It's outrageous that the White House would undercut months of bipartisan efforts by again trying to put its entire wish-list of hardline anti-immigrant bills -- plus an additional $18 billion in wall funding -- on the backs of these young people.

Democratic lawmakers have already rejected that compromise, and the standoff could lead to a federal government shutdown. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction".

Durbin is now working with four other Senators, three of whom are Republican, on a deal that will protect DACA while also beefing up border security, but it appears Trump's demands could stall talks.

Republican and Democratic leaders are also scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday to talk about immigration legislation.

'Our discussions on border security and enforcement with Democrats are much further apart, and that is key to getting a bipartisan deal on DACA, ' senators Thom Tillis and James Lankford said in a statement.

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