Trump administration requests $18 billion for border wall

Kristopher Drake
January 7, 2018

Donald Trump insisted on Saturday that Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border, one day after his administration asked Congress for $18bn over the next decade to start construction on the barrier.

The White House on Friday added the funding request to a list of prior conditions it sent to Congress in early October, including an end to chain migration policies and the diversity lottery, both of which Trump implicated in the wake of recent terror attacks on NY. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction", Durbin said in a statement. Trump rescinded the program in September 2017, and since then the repeal has been called "unfair", "reprehensible", "cruel", "coldhearted", "shortsighted" and worse.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, started by the Obama administration in 2012, protected about 780,000 when it was enacted.

An administration official confirmed the document was prepared at the request of congressional negotiators and said funding for the wall and other security measures must be part of any legislative package on immigration.

Saving DACA recipients from deportation is a high priority for Democrats, but Republican and Democratic lawmakers have struggled to reach a bipartisan deal.

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DACA, which allows people brought to the United States illegally as children to remain under certain conditions, ends on 6 March 2018.

"We all want Daca to happen but we also want great security for our country", Trump said during the press conference, surrounded by members of his cabinet, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and the House speaker, Paul Ryan.

Resubmitting the demands that were dismissed by Democrats three months ago, Durbin said, was 'outrageous.' But he added that bipartisan negotiations continue among senators.

The White House asked Congress for $18 billion dollars for a border wall, to go along with a laundry list of other hard-line immigration policies like "money to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, tougher laws for those seeking asylum, and denial of federal grants to so-called 'sanctuary cities'".

The President met with Senate Republicans on Thursday to discuss ways to fix DACA.

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