"I have a very good relationship with Mexico". Yes, but Mexico will pay.
The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers), or almost half the border, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the matter.
"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.
If that work was completed, more than half of the almost 2,000 mile-border with Mexico would be lined with a physical barrier.
At Camp David, Trump convened his cabinet and Republican leaders to discuss, among a laundry list of legislative priorities, immigration.
Trump is basically saying that he will not fix granting "amnesty" to DACA recipients unless he gets the funding required for the wall and related expenditure.
His administration asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 74 miles (118 kilometers) of fencing in Texas and California, and officials have said they also will seek $1.6 billion next year.
The subject came up during a sit-down meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House on Thursday. Trump has previously said there will be no DACA without funding for the border wall he promised during his campaign as well as changes to tighten the immigration system.
Republicans want action on Daca to proceed separately from budget negotiations but Democrats are hoping to tie the two in a rare moment of leverage for the minority party.
President Trump has said any negotiation must include the construction of a border wall. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction".