In all, the Trump administration is seeking $33 billion in funding, of which $8.5 billion will go towards recruiting 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other officials over a seven-year period to be deployed along the border with Mexico.
The Democratic whip added on Twitter: 'President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall.
The White House on Friday added the funding request to a list of prior conditions it sent to Congress in early October, including an end to chain migration policies and the diversity lottery, both of which Trump implicated in the wake of recent terror attacks on NY.
In September, Donald Trump and his administration announced their decision to kill the immigration program created to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States by their parents as children. 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'. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction", Durbin said in a statement.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, started by the Obama administration in 2012, protected about 780,000 when it was enacted.
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Mexico will not pay for the wall-at this point, American citizens will.
Democrat and Republican senators have been negotiating for months on a deal to protect Dreamers while increasing border security.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin has been meeting with a bipartisan group of senators almost every day to negotiate DACA's future. Some say this list of demands from the White House could derail those negotiations.
On Friday, the Trump administration asked Congress for $18 billion for the wall.
"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.