Trump reiterates border wall promise, with a catch

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"Yes, I believe Mexico will pay for the wall", Trump said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early September announced that Trump was ending DACA and giving a gridlocked Congress until March 2018 to decide what happens to the 800,000-plus young people affected.

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".

Durbin said in a statement that it was 'outrageous that the White House would undercut months of bipartisan efforts by again trying to put its entire wish-list of hardline anti-immigrant bills - plus an additional $18 billion in wall funding - on the backs of these young people'.

President Trump is asking for $18 billion to fund a portion of his promised border wall in exchange for allowing hundreds of thousands of Dreamers-young immigrants brought to the USA illegally-to stay in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. 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.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, started by the Obama administration in 2012, protected about 780,000 when it was enacted.

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

At Camp David, Trump convened his cabinet and Republican leaders to discuss, among a laundry list of legislative priorities, immigration.

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.

So the funds Trump seeks from Congress would be enough to say that by 2027, just over half the border is walled off.

The subject came up during a sit-down meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

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