President Trump's border wall coming to Laredo?

Saul Bowman
January 7, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the minority whip, called the $18 billion request "outrageous".

The White House on Friday added the funding request to a list of prior conditions it sent to Congress in early October, including an end to chain migration policies and the diversity lottery, both of which Trump implicated in the wake of recent terror attacks on NY.

President Donald Trump's proposed border security measures are undermining bipartisan negotiations on Capitol Hill - and could potentially lead to a government shutdown, a top Senate Democrat said Friday.

Democrats who once supported a fence along the U.S.

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. 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.

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.

DACA, which allows people brought to the United States illegally as children to remain under certain conditions, ends on 6 March 2018. "Bipartisan negotiations continue in good faith among senators who understand what is at stake, and I will continue my efforts to reach a bipartisan agreement".

Democrats have said they are open to tying DACA to additional funding for border security technology. At one point during his campaign, Trump estimated it would cost $10 billion for the entire 2,000-mile border, NBC News reports.

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.

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