Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

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It included $18 billion in funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, crackdowns on "sanctuary" cities and limiting "chain migration", which allows citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members. The funds would be used in the next 10 years in order to expand the fences in about 1,600 kilometers that now cover about 1,050 kilometers, which would mean coverage of about half of the US Southwest border.

Mexico has repeatedly stated that it will not pay to build the wall.

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

Lawmakers face a 5 March deadline to find a legislative fix for the young immigrants after the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Daca, the Obama-era program that offered legal status to roughly 800,000 younger undocumented migrants. In September, President Trump shut the program down and gave Congress six months to come up with an alternate policy. Sen. He said that the administration was undercutting bipartisan efforts to help those protected by DACA with the $18 billion request and other immigration demands.

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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. The plan provides one of the most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.

If that work was completed, more than half of the almost 2,000 mile-border with Mexico would be lined with a physical barrier.

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