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The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Illinois' Dick Durbin, who has been leading negotiations on DACA, criticized the administration's budget request for wall and border security spending.

Trump and congressional Republicans have insisted on tougher border security, especially along the southwestern border with Mexico.

The Democrats want to make DACA the focus of January's negotiations around funding the government, and Trump sees this as the ideal moment to throw in his border wall gambit.

The congressman says the president is using immigration reform as a bargaining chip in getting what he wants.

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 United States illegally-to stay in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Lawmakers face a 5 March deadline to find a legislative fix for the young immigrants after the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Daca, the Obama-era program that offered legal status to roughly 800,000 younger undocumented migrants.

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Senator Thom Tillis, one of a handful of Republican senators who met with Trump on Thursday, returned to Capitol Hill saying it was possible a bill could hit the Senate floor later this month. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction", Durbin said in a statement.

The requests complicate already strained negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

"We want DACA to happen", Trump said Saturday.

Cornyn, in an interview on Fox News on Friday, said Trump would demand that an immigration deal address the visa lottery system and chain migration that unites family members. The White House and lawmakers in both parties agree that Dreamers should be protected but remain divided over the details of a plan.

Trump will host a bipartisan meeting early next week to discuss the issue. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer reiterated that Democrats also want "strong and real border security".



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