President Trump: "Mexico Will Pay for the Wall"

Posted January 07, 2018

The wish list was delivered to Congress Friday, and shockingly, is an exact copy of a list of policies Democrats called a "non-starter" in October during other efforts to strike a bipartisan immigration deal in order to protect DACA recipients, leading many to suspect that this latest Trump administration effort could also derail bipartisan discussions.

"I am not sure why President Trump wants to shut down the government over a multi-billion dollar wall that no one wants, is not needed and will not be paid for by Mexico", Sanders said in a statement.

"But Mexico will pay".

Trump has promised "a big, lovely wall" with Mexico as a centerpiece of his presidency but offered few details of where it would be built, when and at what cost.

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 USA official with direct knowledge of the matter.

This would bring total coverage to 1,552 kilometres, or almost half the border.

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President Trump has told Democrats that he will not sign any bill regarding protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program without funding for The Wall being including in the legislation.

On Saturday, congressional Republican leaders are due to huddle with Trump at Camp David, the presidential mountain retreat, to discuss 2018 legislative priorities.

"We all want DACA to happen but we all want great security for our country", Trump said. His administration asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 74 miles of fencing in Texas and California, and officials have said they also will seek $1.6 billion next year. His priorities include tightening a family-based immigration policy that allows naturalized citizens and certain immigrants to petition for relatives to come to the U.S. 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.

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

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. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction".