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Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

07 January 2018

Mexico has repeatedly stated that it will not pay to build the wall.

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.

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.

Trump said past year that he was ending DACA but gave Congress until March to deliver a legislative fix. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

The White House has demanded that funds to build the wall are included in any legislation meant to help DACA recipients. She also said the administration wanted to close "loopholes" on issues that include handling asylum claims and local police working with immigration authorities. At the time, he estimated the construction would cost $10 billion and cover the entire 2,000-mile border.

Mexico has steadfastly rejected President Trump's demand that Mexico pay for the wall and few doubt that USA taxpayers will foot the bill - if the wall ends up being built.

In essence, that's what he said in a document obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall".

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego.

Border Patrol agents patroling the United States-Mexico Border wall during Opening the Door Of Hope/Abriendo La Puerta De La Esparana, at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, Calif., on November 19, 2016.

Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years