Dems Voted for Barriers Twice in Past, But Blocking Trump's Wall — WashPost

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"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.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, allowed people who illegally came to the United States as children with their parents to stay if they met certain criteria.

Pro-immigration activists have pushed Democrats to use the threat of a government shutdown at the January 19 funding deadline in order to pass a "clean" DACA bill, with no concessions to Trump's demands. 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.

According to Congressman Henry Cuellar, the Trump Administration has started talks about putting up 130 miles of wall or fencing along the border in the Webb County area.

Democrat and Republican senators have been negotiating for months on a deal to protect Dreamers while increasing border security.

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Two other Republicans late on Thursday said the sides remained far apart.

Trump will host a bipartisan meeting early next week to discuss the issue. Some say this list of demands from the White House could derail those negotiations.

Democrats have been trying to push for a permanent DACA solution in exchange for funding the government. At one point during his campaign, Trump estimated it would cost $10 billion for the entire 2,000-mile border, NBC News reports.

The struggle over the "Dreamers" carries political weight for both parties heading into the November 2018 midterm congressional elections.

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.