President Trump's border wall coming to Laredo?

07 January, 2018, 06:46 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • President Trump “Mexico Will Pay for the Wall”

It also calls for 407 miles of replacement or secondary fencing.

"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 yes, in some form, Mexico will pay for the wall".

Trump has promised "a big, attractive 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 505 kilometres of additional barrier by September 2027.

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 USA official said.

Trump has pressured Democrats in Congress to approve the funding in exchange for allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, and who had been protected by the Obama-era program known as DACA, to remain.

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

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The requests complicate already strained negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

Republican and Democratic leaders are also scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday to talk about immigration legislation.

Cornyn, in an interview on Fox News on Friday, said Trump would demand that an immigration deal address the visa lottery system and chain migration that unites family members.

Democrats are willing to compromise on border enforcement but party leaders say they are firmly opposed to building a wall.

President Trump this week asked Congress for $18-B to pay for the 1st phase of The Wall's construction.

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

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