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The Border Wall is not the only reason why Democrats reject the closure plan: NPR



On the beams of the border wall is a picture of a boy painted, before coils of razor wire, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Trump's proposal to end the partial closure of the government includes the financing of additional border walls, as well as provisions that further restrict asylum seekers.

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On the beams of the border wall is a picture of a boy painted in front of coils of razor wire, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Trump's proposal to end the partial closure of the government includes the financing of additional border walls, as well as provisions that further restrict asylum seekers. Gregory Bull / AP (19659006)

Democrats and immigrant groups quickly opposed President Trump's proposal to end the government's closure over the weekend, with $ 5.7 billion available for an extended border wall.

Now they have seen the full language of the bill. They have found more reasons not to like them.

The proposed law contains some important changes to US immigration policy that were not included in the President's public announcement – including a provision that would severely restrict asylum applications for Honduran children. Guatemala and El Salvador.

"It's a Trojan filled with many extreme immigration proposals," said Kerri Talbot from the Immigration Hub, an immigration law organization during a teleconference with reporters on Tuesday , "The bill contains the most extreme asylum proposals I've ever seen," Talbot said.

When President Trump announced his proposal on Saturday, President Trump said he included "critical measures to protect migrant children from exploitation and abuse," including a new system involving minors from Central America asylum can apply for their home countries.

However, the President did not mention that the proposal would actually force migrant children to apply from their home countries and prevent them from personally applying at the border. In addition, only migrant children with a "qualified" parent may apply for asylum in the US – a sharp break with current asylum policies.