President Trump Wants A Border Wall In Exchange For Keeping DACA
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jan 07, 2018,
Jan 07, 2018, 4:35
Construction of the U.S. -Mexico border wall was a key campaign promise of Trump's. "I have a very good relationship with Mexico".
"Where I don't understand the pushback is, in 2013 if everybody was for the 700 miles of double fencing, but now they're not for it because Trump calls it a wall - to me that does not make sense", said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union for the Border Patrol agents. Yes, but Mexico will pay.
President Trump has been speaking a lot about border security recently. "In some form, Mexico will pay for the wall".
This would bring total coverage to 1,552 kilometres, or almost half the border.
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.
Democrat and Republican senators have been negotiating for months on a deal to protect Dreamers while increasing border security. It's 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.
Trump also said he wouldn't sign unless Congress agrees to overhaul the legal immigration system, telling reporters at Camp David that any deal must include an overhaul of the family-based immigration system, as well as an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.
Republicans countered that the Democrats' proposals for immigration were just as "ridiculous". "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction", Durbin said in a statement.
Republicans want action on Daca to proceed separately from budget negotiations but Democrats are hoping to tie the two in a rare moment of leverage for the minority party.
Republican and Democratic leaders are also scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday to talk about immigration legislation.
Trump will host a bipartisan meeting early next week to discuss the issue.