The White House has given Congress its long-awaited "punch list" for border-security reform, but the price tag attached to that list may put a strain on ongoing immigration talks.
On October 8, the White House released a list of immigration "principles" Trump wanted in return for giving Dreamers legislative protection from deportation.
President Trump is asking for $18 billion to fund a portion of his promised border wall in exchange for allowing hundreds of thousands of Dreamers-young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally-to stay in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Even with evidence of progress, there were difficulties ahead.
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". And whatever deal that is cobbled together in the Senate could face opposition from hard-liners in the House of Representatives.
The President of the United States is beyond understanding.
The president added he's hopeful Democrats will work with him. Although DACA expires in early March under Trump's order, for technical reasons advocates and legal experts see late January as a critical juncture for Congress to address the status of 'dreamers'.
"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall".
Durbin is now working with four other Senators, three of whom are Republican, on a deal that will protect DACA while also beefing up border security, but it appears Trump's demands could stall talks.
In 2006, 26 Democratic senators, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, all voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along the border with Mexico.
Lankford said that a $1.6 billion injection of additional border security funds for next year was under discussion - a number that Democrats have embraced for more electronic surveillance, drone flights and other high-tech enhancements.
Democrats are willing to compromise on border enforcement but party leaders say they are firmly opposed to building a wall.