President Trump Wants A Border Wall In Exchange For Keeping DACA

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'.

"And remember this, it's just common sense, they're not sending us their finest, OK", Trump said. 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. In all, the Trump administration is seeking $33 billion in funding, of which $8.5 billion will go towards recruiting 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other officials over a seven-year period to be deployed along the border with Mexico.

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.

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"As you know, we're negotiating NAFTA", he added.

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. "In some form, Mexico will pay for the wall". Yes, but Mexico will pay. Durbin is now working with four other Senators, three of whom are Republican, on a deal that will protect DACA while also beefing up border security, but it appears Trump's demands could stall talks.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Sen. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction". On Twitter, the senator called the White House's $18 billion request "outrageous", but said the bipartisan negotiations would continue regardless.

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