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President Trump renews government shutdown threat if no border wall funding

31 July, 2018, 23:15 | Author: Ted Wilson
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The blacklisting of the border-wall builders is just one prong in California Democrats' Trump resistance movement.

He wants lawmakers to approve $25bn (£19bn) to fund the construction of a "big, attractive wall" on the US-Mexico border, a signature promise of his election campaign. "It's time we had border security". "Probably, and that's something we do have a disagreement on", he said in an interview with a Kentucky radio station, referring to the timing of action on Capitol Hill.

"I would have no problem doing a shutdown", Mr. Trump said Monday, adding that USA immigration laws are "the worst" and the "laughingstock of the world".

Trump renewed his demand for border wall funding as well as changes to USA immigration law in a tweet Sunday, saying "I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security".

Trump said that his demand for border security "includes many things" besides the wall, including ending the visa lottery system and terminating chain migration.

"We agreed that border security is national security - they are one and the same", the U.S. president said after their Oval Office meeting.

Trump returned to the idea after a meeting at the White House last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., where they were said to have agreed on the way forward on government funding for the budget year that starts October 1.

It didnt take long for Trump to provide his answer. Still "he understands the political practicalities of having to put it off until after the election but it's coming in early November and early December".

Democrats and some Republicans have objected to some of the changes President Trump seeks.

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Trump began a policy of "zero tolerance" this spring, prosecuting all migrants caught entering the US without authorization.

Ultimately, it is the policy that led to the separation of some 2,500 children from their families - an issue Democrats exploited politically.

Also scheduled to appear are Jennifer Higgins, the associate director of Refugees, Asylum and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Cmdr.

Trump made the border wall a pillar of his presidential campaign, but at the time insisted that Mexico would foot the bill for the project. They also said they can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the USA without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers.

"I don't think we're going to shut down the government".

Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill on March that allocated $1.6 billion for the wall, but designated that the funds can't be used on new construction.

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

"It calls for the construction of a wall on our southern border, ending chain migration and the awful visa and lottery programs, closing loopholes that undermine enforcement, and strongly supporting our Border Patrol agents, ICE officers, and Homeland Security Personnel".



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