President Trump Wants A Border Wall In Exchange For Keeping DACA

If that work was completed, more than half of the almost 2,000 mile-border with Mexico would be lined with a physical barrier.

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.

"We all want Daca to happen but we also want great security for our country", Trump said during the press conference, surrounded by members of his cabinet, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and the House speaker, Paul Ryan. Trump has previously said there will be no DACA without funding for the border wall he promised during his campaign as well as changes to tighten the immigration system. 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.

Senator Dick Durbin, the number two Senate Democrat, on Friday called Trump's demand for $18billion in border wall funding "outrageous" and threatened a government shutdown if Democrats" demands on "Dreamers' aren't met.

Republicans countered that the Democrats' proposals for immigration were just as "ridiculous". The White House and lawmakers in both parties agree that Dreamers should be protected but remain divided over the details of a plan.

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Now, Trump is using the DACA card to force the Democrats into a position of surrender on funding his administration's demands for the border wall.

But Trump, and many others, have questioned why Democrats are so opposed to a wall when they supported a barrier twice - in 2006 and 2013.

The episode prompted a shutdown warning from Durbin, with government funding scheduled to run out January 19 and a long-term budget will require Democratic votes.

The Democrats want to make DACA the focus of January's negotiations around funding the government, and Trump sees this as the ideal moment to throw in his border wall gambit.

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

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