President Trump: "Mexico Will Pay for the Wall"

USA: Trump Asks For More Funds to Build Mexico Border Wall

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. According to the New York Times, the wall funding is part of a $33 billion list of demands released by the Department of Homeland Security on Friday that also includes 10,000 new immigration officers, 10 years of border security improvements, and policy changes affecting immigration.

But members of Congress have not yet agreed to spending any money on the wall, and Mexico has repeatedly said it won't foot the bill.

Lawmakers face a 5 March deadline to find a legislative fix for the young immigrants after the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Daca, the Obama-era program that offered legal status to roughly 800,000 younger undocumented migrants.

It also calls for 407 miles (651 kilometers) of replacement or secondary fencing, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

Democrats have been pushing back against these requests, including the $18 billion the administration has requested for the wall and an additional $15 billion for additional border security expenditures.

Mexico has steadfastly rejected President Trump's demand that Mexico pay for the wall and few doubt that United States taxpayers will foot the bill - if the wall ends up being built.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall", Sen.

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

FILE - In this November 9, 2016 file photo, a Border Patrol vehicle drives by the border fence in Tecate, Calif., left, along the metal barrier that lines the border, seen from Tecate, Mexico.

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