Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

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

Mexico has repeatedly stated that it will not pay to build the wall.

President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security has requested $18 billion in funding to complete a wall on a portion of the US southern border in an effort to stop illegal immigration, one congressional source and one USA official told NBC News on Friday. "But yes, in some form, Mexico will pay for the wall". Over 350 miles of the southern border are already blocked by physical barrier.

On Saturday Trump said that if the wall doesn't get funding, he could refrain from signing legislation protecting dreamers - the hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the country illegally as children.

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Illinois' Dick Durbin, who has been leading negotiations on DACA, criticized the administration's budget request for wall and border security spending.

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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".

At Camp David, Trump convened his cabinet and Republican leaders to discuss, among a laundry list of legislative priorities, immigration.

Members of Congress involved in the immigration negotiations had requested the information from DHS, according to a DHS administration official.

The subject came up during a sit-down meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

'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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