Trump administration requests $18 billion for border wall

Katrina Barker
January 7, 2018

The Trump administration is preparing to ask Congress for $18 billion to build President Donald Trump's envisioned "big, handsome wall" along the U.S. -Mexico border. The funds would be used in the next 10 years in order to expand the fences in about 1,600 kilometers that now cover about 1,050 kilometers, which would mean coverage of about half of the US Southwest border. It also calls for 407 miles of replacement or secondary fencing. But members of Congress have not yet agreed to spending any money on the wall, and Mexico has repeatedly said it won't foot the bill.

The president spoke about the future of the DACA program, the Obama-era program that affects dreamers who are young people who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Construction of the U.S. -Mexico border wall was a key campaign promise of Trump's.

Trump is also asking for changes to the legal immigration system.

Trump said previous year that he was ending DACA but gave Congress until March to deliver a legislative fix.

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"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Dick Durbin, the No 2 Senate Democrat, said in a statement in response to the administration's proposed border plan.

An administration official confirmed the document was prepared at the request of congressional negotiators and said funding for the wall and other security measures must be part of any legislative package on immigration.

"I believe that Mexico will pay for the wall", President Trump told reporters at Camp David in Maryland, where he is meeting with Republican leaders.

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

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