Trump shamelessly uses "Dreamers" as leverage for border wall funding

President Trump made a border wall between the US and Mexico one of his campaign's promises, and while the issue has repeatedly been kicked down the road, it appears that the President will pull out all the stops in order to get funding for a border wall, including offering to protect undocumented immigrants.

Trump has promised "a big, lovely wall" with Mexico as a centerpiece of his presidency but offered few details of where it would be built, when and at what cost.

President Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that he wants to work with Democrats to find a permanent legislative solution to allow those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to stay in the country, but only if it comes with a long-promised border wall and changes to the immigration system.

If granted, the money would pay for 316 miles of new fencing and reinforce another 407 miles where barriers are already in place.

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.


Democrats have been pushing back against these requests, including the $18 billion the administration has requested for the wall and an additional $15 billion for additional border security expenditures.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the wall would be "first and foremost" in any package that includes new protections for DACA recipients.

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

The administration has now provided one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge. The entire border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, although much of it is already impassable.


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