President Trump Wants A Border Wall In Exchange For Keeping DACA

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The funds, according to documents circulating in Congress, would pay for 723 miles of barrier - 316 miles of new construction, and 407 miles of upgrades in areas that are already fenced.

"I have a very good relationship with Mexico".

"But Mexico will pay".

The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles, or almost half the border, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the matter.

The Customs and Border Protection document calls for a total of $33 billion in new border spending, including $18 billion for the wall, $5.7 billion for technology gear, $1 billion for road construction and maintenance and $8.5 billion for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, 2,500 border inspectors and other personnel, the US official said.

Trump has demanded a border wall in exchange for passing legislation that would shield from deportation hundreds of thousands of young migrants brought to the United States as children, known as Dreamers.

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For those who need a little background, DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration policy that allowed immigrants who were minors when entering the apply for a two-year deferral on deportation, during which time they could be eligible for a work permit. 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.

Republicans countered that the Democrats' proposals for immigration were just as "ridiculous".

Pro-immigration activists have pushed Democrats to use the threat of a government shutdown at the January 19 funding deadline in order to pass a "clean" DACA bill, with no concessions to Trump's demands.

Trump is also asking for changes to the legal immigration system. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction". The White House and lawmakers in both parties agree that Dreamers should be protected but remain divided over the details of a plan.

Trump will host a bipartisan meeting early next week to discuss the issue.