Trump administration requests $18 billion for border wall

Trump has promised'a big beautiful wall with Mexico as a centerpiece of his presidency but offered few details of where it would be built when and at what cost. This

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The plan involves replacing several sections of that existing barrier and adding more than 300 miles of new fencing.

At the time of the repeal, both President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that the "Dreamers" were lawbreakers, and that "virtually all" the "top legal experts" believed that DACA was unconstitutional.

Details of the request were in a document prepared by the Department of Homeland Security, obtained by ABC News and first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

"What the American people do want, in overwhelming numbers, is to provide legal protection to 800,000 Dreamers and a path toward citizenship for them", he continued, referring to a common name for young immigrants who came to the US illegally as children.

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.

The plan on border security came in response to a request by U.S. Sen.

Nielsen called the $3.2 billion requests for fencing during the administration's first two years a down payment.

This would bring total coverage to 1,552 kilometres, or almost half the border.

The document doesn't specify where the extended wall should be built.

The Democrats want to make DACA the focus of January's negotiations around funding the government, and Trump sees this as the ideal moment to throw in his border wall gambit.

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego.

The administration has now provided one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.

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