Trump administration proposes $18b for border wall extension

USA: Trump Asks For More Funds to Build Mexico Border Wall

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Durbin says.

In 2006, 26 Democratic senators, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, all voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along the border with Mexico.

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

President Trump is asking for $18 billion to fund a portion of his promised border wall in exchange for allowing hundreds of thousands of Dreamers-young immigrants brought to the USA illegally-to stay in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"What the American people do want, in overwhelming numbers, is to provide legal protection to 800,000 Dreamers and a path toward citizenship for them", he continued, referring to a common name for young immigrants who came to the USA illegally as children.

Trump is basically saying that he will not fix granting "amnesty" to DACA recipients unless he gets the funding required for the wall and related expenditure.

Cornyn, in an interview on Fox News on Friday, said Trump would demand that an immigration deal address the visa lottery system and chain migration that unites family members.

Republicans countered that the Democrats' proposals for immigration were just as "ridiculous".

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

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

Now, Trump is using the DACA card to force the Democrats into a position of surrender on funding his administration's demands for the border wall.

'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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