Trump Administration Wants $18 Billion to Build 'Big, Beautiful Wall'

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Support for the border wall in Congress remains tepid, and Trump's insistence on linking the controversial project to the Obama-era DACA program - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - could complicate a deal aimed at shielding these young immigrants from deportation. It also calls for 407 miles of replacement or secondary fencing.

"We all want DACA to happen but we all want great security for our country", Trump said.

At the time of the repeal, both President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that the "Dreamers" were lawbreakers, and that "virtually all" the "top legal experts" believed that DACA was unconstitutional.

"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.

A built in delay gives congress until March to come up with a resolution.

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. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.


The border is roughly 2,000 miles long and of that, about 700 miles already is fenced off.

Mexico has steadfastly rejected President Trump's demand that Mexico pay for the wall and few doubt that U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill - if the wall ends up being built.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Durbin said in a statement on the spending request.

The document doesn't specify where the extended wall should be built.

The Trump administration is providing one of its most detailed blueprints yet - how the President hopes to pay for upgrades at the California-Mexico border.

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