How Trump's wall pledge is complicating a DACA bill for 'Dreamers'


Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) also said on MSNBC Sunday night that Democrats should withhold votes from a government funding bill if it includes wall funding.

His comments from the Maryland retreat come hours after a group of senators received a document detailing the administration's border security plan, which includes asking Congress for nearly $18 billion to construct border fencing, despite Trump saying Saturday, "Mexico will pay, in some form" for the wall.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - known as DACA - permits immigrants, who were brought to the US illegally as children, temporary protection from deportation and permission to legally work. He later added that, "in some form, Mexico will pay for the wall".

Since January 2017, the Trump administration has ratcheted up arrests of unauthorized immigrants at a dizzying speed; giving federal immigration agencies the green light to arrest anyone, anywhere; implemented a travel ban against Muslim-majority countries that left hundreds of asylum-seekers approved for relocation in the U.S.

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Turning to Israel's southern border, some 35 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel in 2017 by terrorists inside the Gaza Strip .

"The debate over a wall goes back decades". "We want to stop the drugs from flowing in". "The fact is, having elevated the notion of a wall in his campaign the way he did, the president made it an even bigger symbol than it already was - and that makes it much harder to accomplish".

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been emphatic in refusing to fund the border wall, and his government has said that point is not negotiable. McConnell had argued that welfare reform was a no-go given Democratic opposition.

Emerging from private meetings with Republican leaders, President Donald Trump said Saturday that Congress should enact a measure to provide legal status to young illegal aliens brought to the country as children. That legislation was approved with broad bipartisan support, including, in the Senate, by such Democratic luminaries as Barack Obama of Illinois, Hillary Clinton of New York, Joe Biden of DE and Charles Schumer of New York, now the Senate minority leader.

"We all want DACA to happen, but we also want great security for our country", Trump said. "I don't understand the whole fight over this".

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But he's also going to take shots at those in his administration, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. At least, according to Michael Wolff's damning book " Fire and Fury " which came out this month.

An administration official confirmed the document was prepared at the request of congressional negotiators and said funding for the wall and other security measures must be part of any legislative package on immigration. "The wall is going to happen, or we're not going to have DACA", he said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Democrats are fighting to restore.

Trump's costing request to Congress is outlined in a previsionary plan, which the Customs and Border Protection agency at the Department of Homeland Security created for the group of United States senators.

The wall now represents a complicated political question for Republicans and Democrats.

Trump tweeted out his demands just before the new year. Almost 700,000 dreamers were enrolled in the DACA program, started by Obama in 2012, when Trump terminated it in September.

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Trump's border wall is perhaps the most complex of the president's pending campaign promises, and it involves building and buying property in areas where construction would be hard.