Trump Administration Wants $18 Billion to Build 'Big, Beautiful Wall'
- Author: Rita Burton Jan 07, 2018,
Jan 07, 2018, 4:41
"I have a very good relationship with Mexico". After confusing the civilized world with his brand of "uniqueness" over the past year, Trump has now reached a new low: I'll fix your DACA problem if you give me money for my border wall. Yes, but Mexico will pay.
President Donald Trump tweeted in December that there would be no protection for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, without the wall. "In some form, Mexico will pay for the wall".
The administration's plan, per the document, is to almost double the amount of fencing along the border, from 654 miles now to around 1,000 in total.
Durbin continued, "it's outrageous that the White House would undercut months of bipartisan efforts by again trying to put its entire wish-list of hard-line anti-immigrant bills-plus an additional $18 billion in wall funding-on the backs of these young people".
So the funds Trump seeks from Congress would be enough to say that by 2027, just over half the border is walled off.
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 said in a statement.
The subject came up during a sit-down meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.
Trump has pressured Democrats in Congress to approve the funding in exchange for allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, and who had been protected by the Obama-era program known as DACA, to remain.
At Camp David, Trump convened his cabinet and Republican leaders to discuss, among a laundry list of legislative priorities, immigration. His priorities include tightening a family-based immigration policy that allows naturalized citizens and certain immigrants to petition for relatives to come to the USA and eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery, a state department program that helps citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to come to the US.More news: Mariah won't be missing sound check at NYE rehearsal this year