Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

President Trump: "Mexico Will Pay for the Wall"

President Trump:

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

For at least the past four months, Democratic and Republican senators have been meeting behind closed doors to try to fashion legislation that would protect at least 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

The Trump administration is preparing to ask Congress for $18 billion to build President Donald Trump's envisioned "big, lovely wall" along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Despite the spending request, Trump told reporters when asked on Saturday that he still believes Mexico will pay for the border wall - something he repeatedly promised during his campaign. Dick Durbin said in a statement.

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. The White House and lawmakers in both parties agree that Dreamers should be protected but remain divided over the details of a plan.

On October 8, the White House released a list of immigration "principles" Trump wanted in return for giving Dreamers legislative protection from deportation.

Durbin is now working with four other Senators, three of whom are Republican, on a deal that will protect DACA while also beefing up border security, but it appears Trump's demands could stall talks. 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. His priorities include tightening a family-based immigration policy that allows naturalized citizens and certain immigrants to petition for relatives to come to the USA 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.

'Those are things that he's insisted upon, ' and Democrats would have to embrace them along with border security, said Cornyn.

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