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President ties border wall to DACA deal

Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 18:42

Mexico has firmly rejected Trump's demand to pay for the wall, and few doubt that it will be the U.S. taxpayers who bear the bill if it is built.

Donald Trump, I can not stress enough how stupid this man is, and not just because of the decisions that he makes and the things that he says, but because of his gross underestimation of the intelligence of the American people. Guajardo was in Washington for talks this week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over the modernization of NAFTA, according to a statement by Mexico's Economy Ministry.

Some in Congress knew and, fortunately, enough American voters knew there would be no coming back to our status as a great nation after the lawlessness a Hillary presidency would unleash. "He really needs some money from Congress to pay for officers and agents and programs, and he needs some changes in the law that would make the deportation system more efficient, and not have it be tied up with lawsuits and court cases and so on that allow people to extend their time here legally".

In addition to funding the wall, Trump detailed other immigration policies he wants to be part of any package including DACA, which was authorized by President Barack Obama in 2012 through an executive order overturned in September.

Trump wants $18billion in border wall funding over 10 years to make a deal to protect DACA recipients.

The money would be used to build 316 miles of new barriers.

"Obviously the biggest challenge we have is now in the Senate, we have 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said on Fox News on Friday. But when his predecessors signed the waiver in the past, they could and did say similar things. "But I think there are clearly some areas where we can work together".

"You can not say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall", Trump told Nieto.

However, there were no further details on the administration's infrastructure push during the news conference, during which Trump discussed his brinkmanship with North Korea and denied "collusion" with the Russians during the 2016 elections.

The US president originally estimated a $12 billion (£9.6 billion) figure, while a report from the Department of Homeland Security that was leaked a year ago almost doubled it to $21 billion (£16.8 billion), with completion slated for 2020. He was silent on entitlement reform.

Cristina Jimenez speaks to demonstrators, urging the Democrats to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals during a rally in Los Angeles on January 3, 2018.

Officials said they would wait 30 days for concrete to set and then spend 30 to 60 days evaluating each prototype.

'We hope that we're going to be able to work out an arrangement with the Democrats, ' the president said. "The general consensus is that a wall is not necessary", Hirono said.