Trump border plan could prompt gov't shutdown, Democrat Durbin warns

Randolph Lopez
January 7, 2018

Donald Trump insisted on Saturday that Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border, one day after his administration asked Congress for $18bn over the next decade to start construction on the barrier.

The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers), or almost half the border, according to a USA official with direct knowledge of the matter.

The $18 billion would go toward the construction of more than 700 miles of new and replacement barriers.

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

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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". He said that the administration was undercutting bipartisan efforts to help those protected by DACA with the $18 billion request and other immigration demands.

"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 entire border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, although much of it is already impassable.

Mexico has steadfastly rejected Trump's demand that it pay for the wall and few doubt that US taxpayers will foot the bill if the wall is built.

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