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Trump seeks $18 billion for Mexican border wall

The Trump administration has given lawmakers "one of its most detailed blueprints" yet of President Trump's proposed Mexican border wall. The plan calls for spending $18 billion over 10 years to extend the existing wall by 316 miles by 2027, The Associated Press reported. If executed, the plan would result in nearly half the 2,000-mile border being fenced off.

Immigration is one of several issues on the table as Congress tries to hammer out a budget to fund the government before Jan. 19, or risk a government shutdown. Trump has said he will not ensure protection for thousands of DREAMers — illegal immigrants brought into the country as children — unless he gets his border wall.

"President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall," Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), told The Washington Post. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction."