Donald Trump insisted on Saturday that Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern USA border, one day after his administration asked Congress for $18bn over the next decade to start construction on the barrier. The $18 billion would expand the physical barrier on the US-Mexico border from its current 654 miles to almost 1,000 miles-about half of the total border.
Trump has demanded a border wall in exchange for passing legislation that would shield from deportation hundreds of thousands of young migrants brought to the United States as children, known as Dreamers.
The wish list was delivered to Congress Friday, and shockingly, is an exact copy of a list of policies Democrats called a "non-starter" in October during other efforts to strike a bipartisan immigration deal in order to protect DACA recipients, leading many to suspect that this latest Trump administration effort could also derail bipartisan discussions.
An administration official confirmed the document was prepared at the request of congressional negotiators and said funding for the wall and other security measures must be part of any legislative package on immigration.
If that work was completed, more than half of the almost 2,000 mile-border with Mexico would be lined with a physical barrier.
Mexico has steadfastly rejected Trump's demand that it pay for the wall and few doubt that USA taxpayers will foot the bill if the wall is built.
A~tourist has been killed and seven others injured when a sightseeing balloon crashed over the southern Egyptian city of Luxor. The balloon was carrying both Egyptians and foreign tourists, with the nationality of the latter not yet having been disclosed.
Anyone out celebrating overnight will get an extra blast of arctic air that could drop temperatures to -5 and -20 degrees. We're only looking at a light accumulation of about a dusting to an inch of snow across most of western MA .
But with the vote held the day after Christmas, some national and worldwide observers warned that turnout may have been affected. The National Elections Commission said that with 98.1% of ballots counted, Mr Weah had won 61.5% of the vote.
The Patriots crushed the Jets on Sunday, 26-6, to finish the regular season 13-3 and earn the top seed in the AFC. Gostkowski would add a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Patriots up 24-3.
I do not think you can look any more than we have done and, for the price, he is the best in Europe at the moment". He has got some good movement, he's two-footed, he's not the biggest but he's efficient in the air in the box.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN , Isaiah Thomas will make his Cavaliers debut against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 2. The post Isaiah Thomas has requested to not receive a video tribute from the Celtics appeared first on Cavs Nation .
Jay-Z could be about to drop the realest music video of his career with this new teaser for his single 'Family Feud '. In the clip, some celebrity guests make cameo appearances: namely, Blue Ivy and Beyoncé .
How cold is it? Snow is falling in Florida
The National Weather Service predicted NY could see 5-8 inches of snow and wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour on Thursday. It already has led to thousands of canceled flights and shuttered schools, as well as fears of outages and flooding.
YouTube responds to Logan Paul controversy
Grayson Dolan, a teenaged social media star with 5.1 million Twitter followers, said Paul should simply have known better. In the posted video, the face of the person who appeared to have taken his or her own life is blurred.
'Ten dead' in Iran as anti-government protests continue
Correspondents say it would be a significant escalation were they to become officially involved in policing the protests. If the protests persist, the regime may crack down harder on them, with mass arrests and military lockdowns.
Instagram will now add 'Recommended' posts to your feed
The recommended posts from accounts that users aren't already following will appear in a user's normal Instagram feed. However, there is one fundamental difference between the hashtag feature and the new " recommended posts " feature.
Iowa State holds on for win over Memphis in Liberty Bowl
Iowa State fan Nathan Monford traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio with family members to cheer on his team and see a bit of Memphis . Lazard ended up with 142 yards receiving in his final college game and was named the Liberty Bowl's most valuable player.
An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018
And as a post by NASA on the "supermoon trilogy" explains , the January 31 supermoon will be definitely worth taking a look at. Then, the moon will be just 223,068 miles from Earth, compared to its average distance of 238,855 miles.
SoftBank tender for Uber stake succeeds
Japanese giant Softbank is set to take a large stake in Uber, expanding its holdings in transportation companies around the world. Also, SoftBank holds investments in multiple Uber competitors, so it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.