Trump Threatens to Shut Down Government if Democrats Don't Back Immigration Policies

Posted August 01, 2018

"I don't care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown", Trump said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.

"I'll always leave room for negotiation", he said. At the time, Trump said the deal was "defective at its core".

And that promise is to build a wall on America's southern border with Mexico.

At the White House meeting last week, Trump, Ryan and McConnell agreed that Congress is on track to enact more than half of federal spending before the new budget year begins October 1, but that DHS funding, including the border wall money, doesn't have to be settled before then, according to a person familiar with the meeting who was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump said. "The Democrats want Open Borders".

Specifically, he mentioned moving to an immigration system based on "merit", and praised populist Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, saying the former law professor is in his post nearly entirely because of "illegal immigration".

Senators from both parties grilled Trump administration immigration officials Tuesday, demanding answers about the separation of immigrant families and reports of sexual harassment.

Trump's shutdown threat on Sunday was part of a flurry of tweets in which he attacked favourite targets like the "Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt" ("an illegal Scam!") and the news media ("driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome").

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President Donald Trump took the opportunity to brag about his people skills during a July 30 joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte shares Trump's populist tendencies as well as his skepticism about immigration.

"We do not leave our humanity behind when we report for duty", Carla L. Provost, acting chief of the USA border patrol told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) have laid out a strategy to fund more than half of federal agencies by September 30, punting some of the more contentious fights - such as money for Trump's long-sought U.S. -Mexico border wall - to after the elections.

He also said Congress must fix "the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world!" and urged voters to "Vote "R" in the midterm elections.

Trump also said he would be willing to meet with Iran's leaders "anytime they want, no preconditions".

"I don't think we're going to shut down the government", Stivers said on the ABC News programme This Week.

McConnell steered clear of criticizing Trump, saying that while he supports what the president is trying to achieve on the border wall, the Senate is working to resolve the issue through regular order.

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Johnson added that he didn't think a shutdown would be "helpful" to Republicans in the November elections, "so let's try and avoid it".

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that funding for the wall would "probably" wait until after the midterm elections. McConnell cancelled most of the Senate's recess to give senators time to work on the annual spending bills that fund government operations. We have to end these frightful catch and release principles where you catch somebody and you take their name and then you release them.

Mr Trump briefly threatened to veto that spending bill before ultimately signing it, though he said he would never approve such a budget again.

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Department of Homeland Security.

"I just want great border security", Trump said. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers.

Some of the cities boycotting these contractors also led the "sanctuary" campaign against the Trump administration's efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration by barring local law enforcement from communicating with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and other federal immigration authorities.

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