Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

President Trump Wants A Border Wall In Exchange For Keeping DACA

President Trump Wants A Border Wall In Exchange For Keeping DACA

The $18 billion would expand the physical barrier on the US-Mexico border from its current 654 miles to almost 1,000 miles-about half of the total border.

Support for the border wall in Congress remains tepid, and Trump's insistence on linking the controversial project to the Obama-era DACA program - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - could complicate a deal aimed at shielding these young immigrants from deportation.

But members of Congress have not yet agreed to spending any money on the wall, and Mexico has repeatedly said it won't foot the bill. Although DACA expires in early March under Trump's order, for technical reasons advocates and legal experts see late January as a critical juncture for Congress to address the status of 'dreamers'. Jeff Flake, said Jason Samuels, a spokesman for the Arizona Republican.

Democrats have been pushing back against these requests, including the $18 billion the administration has requested for the wall and an additional $15 billion for additional border security expenditures.

The White House has demanded that funds to build the wall are included in any legislation meant to help DACA recipients.

Nielsen called the $3.2 billion requests for fencing during the administration's first two years a down payment.

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"I believe that Mexico will pay for the wall", President Trump told reporters at Camp David in Maryland, where he is meeting with Republican leaders.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Dick Durbin, the No 2 Senate Democrat, said in a statement in response to the administration's proposed border plan. The entire border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, although much of it is already impassable.

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego.

The administration has now provided one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.

FILE - In this November 9, 2016 file photo, a Border Patrol vehicle drives by the border fence in Tecate, Calif., left, along the metal barrier that lines the border, seen from Tecate, Mexico.

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