Trump shamelessly uses "Dreamers" as leverage for border wall funding

Posted January 07, 2018

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.

If granted, the money would pay for 316 miles of new fencing and reinforce another 407 miles where barriers are already in place.

It comes as the administration intensifies negotiations in Congress on a package that may include granting legal status to about 800,000 people who were temporarily shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In September, President Trump shut the program down and gave Congress six months to come up with an alternate policy. Sen.

As U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted Friday, "The only thing that's not serious is the Gang of Amnesty's ridiculous proposal: amnesty in the millions, no end to chain migration, use diversity-lottery green cards for TPS aliens (T = temporary!), & pittance for phony border security".

The White House has demanded that funds to build the wall are included in any legislation meant to help DACA recipients.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Dick Durbin, the No 2 Senate Democrat, said in a statement in response to the administration's proposed border plan.

The administration's plan, per the document, is to almost double the amount of fencing along the border, from 654 miles now to around 1,000 in total.

Border Patrol agents patroling the United States-Mexico Border wall during Opening the Door Of Hope/Abriendo La Puerta De La Esparana, at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, Calif., on November 19, 2016.