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The Bargaining Chip At The Border

Jan 29, 2018
Originally published on January 29, 2018 1:41 pm

With guest host John Donvan.

It seems President Trump has every intention to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall along the nation’s southern border. And it seems he’s ready to make a deal to do it.

In exchange for $25 billion for planning and construction of the wall, the president says he’ll consider granting citizenship to an estimated 700,000 immigrants who were brought over the border illegally as children.

The financial, cultural and environmental costs of the wall are high. But could this be the best hope for Democrats to get a deal for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA?

We ask: What’s the wall worth? And who’s ready to pay?


Michel Marizco, Senior editor, KJZZ radio’s Fronteras Desk; @borderreporter

Krista Schlyer, Author, “Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall”; @kristaschlyer

Priscilla Alvarez, Assistant editor, The Atlantic; @priscialva

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