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Dems Voted for Barriers Twice in Past, But Blocking Trump's Wall — WashPost

Dems Voted for Barriers Twice in Past, But Blocking Trump's Wall — WashPost”

The White House asked Congress for $18 billion dollars for a border wall, to go along with a laundry list of other hard-line immigration policies like "money to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, tougher laws for those seeking asylum, and denial of federal grants to so-called 'sanctuary cities'".

For those who need a little background, DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration policy that allowed immigrants who were minors when entering the U.S.to apply for a two-year deferral on deportation, during which time they could be eligible for a work permit. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early September announced that Trump was ending DACA and giving a gridlocked Congress until March 2018 to decide what happens to the 800,000-plus young people affected. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction".

So the funds Trump seeks from Congress would be enough to say that by 2027, just over half the border is walled off.

According to Congressman Henry Cuellar, the Trump Administration has started talks about putting up 130 miles of wall or fencing along the border in the Webb County area.

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President Trump has been speaking a lot about border security recently. Fifty-Four Democrats in 2013 supported a provision to double the length of a new border "fence" between the US and Mexico from 350 miles to 700 miles in order to avoid a filibuster on a comprehensive immigration bill.

The requests complicate already strained negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

'Our discussions on border security and enforcement with Democrats are much further apart, and that is key to getting a bipartisan deal on DACA, ' senators Thom Tillis and James Lankford said in a statement.

Trump is basically saying that he will not fix granting "amnesty" to DACA recipients unless he gets the funding required for the wall and related expenditure.

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