The president stopped and spoke with reporters alongside First Lady Melania Trump on Sunday, echoing tweets he posted to his Twitter page hours earlier. And much of that money can be used only to fix existing segments, not to build new sections.
These people are taking part in what has become an annual protest organized by the nonprofit Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) and also are seeking asylum - many of them in Mexico - from the violence in their home countries.
The mention of a caravan apparently referred to a group of 1,500 men, women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who are traveling in a "refugee caravan" organized by the US -based immigration advocacy group Pueblo sin Fronteras, whose Spanish name means People Without Borders. He also said he was done trying to make a deal with Democrats to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Under current law, unaccompanied children from countries that don't border the USA would be placed under the supervision of the Department of Health and Human Services and undergo often-lengthy deportation proceedings before an immigration judge instead of being deported.
In another tweet, Trump lashed out at Mexico saying it was doing nothing to stop immigration into the United States and laughed at Washington's "dumb immigration laws". "They want in on the act!", he said in another tweet.
Trump ended DACA last September, giving Congress until last month to pass legislation for continued protections.
"The President is blaming everyone under the sun, but he only has to look in the mirror to find the person who turned down six different bipartisan DACA deals from Congress - a few that included funding for his useless wall".
On Tuesday, Mr Trump appeared to take credit for halting a caravan of about 1,100 migrants, many from Honduras, who had been marching along roadsides and train tracks in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Like each of the last five years, they set off from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas for the USA border, where many hope to apply for asylum. He has suggested that Mexico could pay for the wall with the profits or the United States could work the cost into tariff on imports from Mexico.
The president announced plans to wind down the program starting March 5, but Alsup ruled that the program should continue while a lawsuit over DACA is pending.
Last year, a Fox News poll found that 83% of voters favored allowing "illegal immigrants" working in the United States to become legal immigrants.
Brandon Judd, leader of the union representing border patrol agents, predicted on "Fox & Friends" that those in the caravan would create havoc and chaos in the U.S.as they wait for what he described as immigration reform.
Some people have theorized that Trump's immigration tweets were a reaction to a particular segment about the Mexico caravan and shaped by the views of hard-liners like adviser Stephen Miller. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump's energy secretary, sent 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen to the Rio Grande Valley in 2014 in response to a sharp increase in Central American children crossing the border alone.
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