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President Trump: "Mexico Will Pay for the Wall"

07 January 2018

"I have a very good relationship with Mexico".

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said that his country will not pay for a wall, saying in his annual address last January that Mexico "will not pay for any wall".

The administration asked lawmakers for $18bn in order to add 316 miles of walls and fencing along the border and bolster 407 miles of existing barriers, according to a financial blueprint sent to senators by US Customs and Border Protection on Friday.

Senator Richard Durbin leaves a meeting of Democratic senators at the U.S. Capitol
Senator Richard Durbin leaves a meeting of Democratic senators at the U.S. Capitol

The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico.

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.

"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 USA illegally as children.

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'This is not going to get us the whole wall we need, but it's a start, ' she said.

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It was "outrageous that the White House would undercut months of bipartisan efforts by again trying to put its entire wish-list of hardline anti-immigrant bills - plus an additional $18 billion in wall funding - on the backs of these young people", Durbin said.

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