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National Guard Could Be Deployed to Border Today

President Trump is working on an 'immediate' plan, Homeland Security secretary says

(Newser) - President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. "The threat is real," Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that... More »

No More Drugs or I'll Nix NAFTA, Trump Warns Mexico

Nation must 'stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow,' president says

(Newser) - President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to issue a warning to America's neighbor to the south. "Stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA," Trump wrote, as CNBC notes, before he explicitly linked the renewed trade negotiations to his... More »

Trump: 'Build WALL Through M!'

He wants Pentagon to pay for border wall

(Newser) - After failing to get Congress—or Mexico—to cough up enough cash for a wall along the Mexican border, President Trump has been looking into getting the Pentagon to pay for it, reasoning that it has plenty of money under the new federal budget, insiders say. The sources tell the... More »

'Ridiculous Situation' Over: Trump Signs $1.3T Spending Bill

He said he felt he had to for the 'military,' but he's 'unhappy' about DACA and lack of funding for wall

(Newser) - He sent DC into a tizzy Friday morning by threatening to veto the $1.3 trillion spending bill that was passed by Congress, but by early Friday afternoon, President Trump said he'd sign off on the omnibus initiative after all, per CBS News . At a White House press conference... More »

Trump Punishes State by Giving It Exactly What It Wants

Trump threatens to withhold border wall from California, which sued to stop it

(Newser) - President Trump says California won't get its border wall until the entirety of the wall is approved for construction. California is almost certainly OK with that. “I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is... More »

After Trump Call, Mexican Prez Scraps US Visit

Border wall appears to be major sticking point as Peña Nieto has yet to visit DC under Trump

(Newser) - After what the Washington Post is calling a "testy" 50-minute phone call between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart, the latter will not be visiting the former as planned. The major sticking point seems to be Trump's border wall, and Enrique Peña Nieto's refusal to pay... More »

Senators Reach Deal on Dreamers, Wall

Leaders hope to end showdown with Thursday vote

(Newser) - A group of senators reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday aimed at balancing Democrats' fight to offer citizenship to young "Dreamer" immigrants with President Trump's demands for billions to build his coveted border wall with Mexico. Though the compromise was announced by 16 senators with centrist views on the... More »

Trump Taunts 'Cryin' Chuck Schumer'

Schumer withdraws border wall funding deal

(Newser) - President Trump has blown the best offer he is likely to get for border wall funding, Democrats say. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says an offer he made for wall funding in exchange for a DACA deal has been yanked, Politico reports. He says the offer was made around noon... More »

Trump Disputes Own Chief of Staff on the Wall

'The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it'

(Newser) - President Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "the Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it." Some Democrats who met with Trump aide... More »

Here's What Trump Wants in Deal to Protect Dreamers

$18B for a portion of his border wall, to start

(Newser) - 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 US illegally—to stay in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the New York Times , the wall... More »

Cards Against Humanity Takes Aim at Border Wall

Gamemaker plans to tie up land near Mexico in endless red tape

(Newser) - The company that once collected $100,000 to dig a meaningless hole has cooked up a new stunt, CNET reports. Taking aim at President Trump's planned border wall, Cards Against Humanity has bought a chunk of land on the Mexican border and plans to tie it up in red... More »

Workers Now Ready to 'Punish' Border Wall Prototypes

Workers will attack walls for the next 2 months

(Newser) - The US government announced Thursday that six prototypes for President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico have been completed and will be subjected to punishment to test their mettle—by workers wielding sledgehammers, torches, pickaxes, and battery-operated tools. The testing, lasting up to two months, could lead to officials... More »

5 Jump the Fence Into US—at Border Wall Model Site

Prototypes at San Diego site are almost finished

(Newser) - The last two of eight prototypes for President Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top, the AP reports. Companies have until... More »

Trump Wants Hard-Line Measures in Return for DACA Deal

List makes no attempt at compromise, Democrats complain

(Newser) - The "deal" with President Trump on DACA that top Democrats spoke of last month is still very much a work in progress—and the two sides are so far apart that it might not happen at all. In a list of "principles" released by the White House Sunday... More »

California Sues Trump Over His Border Wall

State AG Xavier Beccera filed the lawsuit Wednesday

(Newser) - “No one gets to ignore the laws," Xavier Becerra says. "Not even the president of the United States." The California attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over the president's proposed border wall, which Becerra says violates myriad environmental laws, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Feds Choose 4 Border Wall Prototypes

Next steps will be building, testing

(Newser) - Thursday was a big day in the border wall business: US Customs and Border Protection announced that four concrete wall prototypes had been chosen from among more than 200 proposals. The border wall designs, each 30 feet long and up to 30 feet tall, will be built in the San... More »

Transcripts of Trump's Calls to Leaders Leak

The conversations weren't exactly friendly

(Newser) - If only Anthony Scaramucci were still around to lash out at this leak: The Washington Post has obtained classified transcripts of President Trump's initial phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, produced by White House staff in January. (See them in full here .) Among the highlights:... More »

Trump: Border Wall Needs Holes Because of Sacks of Drugs

Openings to see what's happening on other side are necessary, president says

(Newser) - President Trump is serious about a plan to put solar panels on his proposed border wall. There's "a very good chance" panels will be included in the final design and "we have major companies looking at that," Trump told reporters as he flew to France on... More »

Border Wall Prototypes Will Go Up This Summer

Up to 8 designs will be built in San Dieg o

(Newser) - People trying to make their way into the US illegally in the San Diego area may have their choice of eight kinds of border wall to tackle by September. Department of Homeland Security official Ronald Vitiello said Tuesday that authorities hope to have up to eight prototype border wall sections... More »

Obama to Berlin Crowd: 'We Can't Hide Behind a Wall'

Former president appears with Merkel, speaks on democracy, global responsibility

(Newser) - If anyone understands the concept of a wall, it's the people of Berlin. Which is why former President Obama's appearance there Thursday, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his side, had particular resonance. "We can't isolate ourselves" from conflict, poverty, and other problems throughout the world,... More »

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