Trump border plan could prompt gov't shutdown, Democrat Durbin warns

Geneva Matthews
January 7, 2018

The administration asked lawmakers for $18bn in order to add 316 miles of walls and fencing along the border and bolster 407 miles of existing barriers, according to a financial blueprint sent to senators by US Customs and Border Protection on Friday. "In some form, Mexico will pay for the wall".

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

For those who need a little background, DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration policy that allowed immigrants who were minors when entering the apply for a two-year deferral on deportation, during which time they could be eligible for a work permit.

A built in delay gives congress until March to come up with a resolution.

As U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted Friday, "The only thing that's not serious is the Gang of Amnesty's ridiculous proposal: amnesty in the millions, no end to chain migration, use diversity-lottery green cards for TPS aliens (T = temporary!), & pittance for phony border security". Jeff Flake, said Jason Samuels, a spokesman for the Arizona Republican.

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'. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

She also said the administration wanted to close "loopholes" on issues that include handling asylum claims and local police working with immigration authorities.

The Customs and Border Protection document calls for a total of $33 billion in new border spending, including $18 billion for the wall, $5.7 billion for technology gear, $1 billion for road construction and maintenance and $8.5 billion for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, 2,500 border inspectors and other personnel, the USA official said.

"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.

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

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