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White House requests $13bn to build Trump's border wall

07 January 2018

Once again, US President Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that Mexico will pay for the wall on the southern US border, despite repeated scoffs and denials by Mexican officials. The $18 billion would expand the physical barrier on the US-Mexico border from its current 654 miles to almost 1,000 miles-about half of the total border.

"But Mexico will pay".

The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico.

The wish list was delivered to Congress Friday, and shockingly, is an exact copy of a list of policies Democrats called a "non-starter" in October during other efforts to strike a bipartisan immigration deal in order to protect DACA recipients, leading many to suspect that this latest Trump administration effort could also derail bipartisan discussions.

Speaking from Camp David after a meeting with Republican leaders, Trump said he wants the program, which has prevented the deportation of young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, to remain.

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Trump said past year that he was ending DACA but gave Congress until March to deliver a legislative fix.

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 US official said.

'This is not going to get us the whole wall we need, but it's a start, ' she said. Some say this list of demands from the White House could derail those negotiations. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction".

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Illinois' Dick Durbin, who has been leading negotiations on DACA, criticized the administration's budget request for wall and border security spending.

White House requests $13bn to build Trump's border wall