Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Donald Trump willing to shut down government over border security

Donald Trump willing to shut down government over border security

As President Donald Trump renews his battle with Congress to fund his multi-billion-dollar border wall with Mexico, Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups in California have stepped up their campaigns to blacklist businesses involved in building the border wall.

"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'm not sure where the president is coming from", said South Dakota Senator John Thune, reports the New York Times.

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" he tweeted.

Sunday's shutdown threat from Trump also echoed a remark he made in February when he said "I'd love to see a shutdown" if the government did not agree to address immigration.

Despite Trump's threat, some Republican lawmakers doubted the government would be forced to shut down.

Speaking at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump railed against illegal immigration, saying America is the "laughing stock of the world" with the "worst" immigration laws.

White later said in the hearing that he did not believe officials from the Department of Health and Human Services knew the policy would lead to the migrant family separations, and he warned against the practice.

Trump has come under intense criticism for his zero-tolerance immigration policy, which prioritises prosecutions of people who enter the United States illegally.

In March, Congress passed a bill with $1.6bn in border security funding, but most of it was to fix sections of an existing barrier along the US-Mexico border. One possibility under discussion is coupling more modest immigration law changes with some of the near-term spending bills needed to keep the government running, to show some progress on the issue.

As WND reported, President Trump said Sunday he supported a government shutdown over the border crisis.

The US president said he and the Italian prime minister are united in their conviction that strong nations must have strong borders.

Meanwhile, Ryan and McConnell, facing the November midterm election that could result in changes of power in the House and Senate, are leery about a government shutdown that could prove unpopular in the weeks ahead. No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of IL said he wanted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, saying the policy shows "the extremes this administration will go to to punish families fleeing" disgusting conditions, adding, "Someone in this administration has to accept responsibility".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) downplayed the potential for a government shutdown, which would take place October 1, the end of the fiscal year and just weeks before the midterm elections.

"Our countries have learned through hard experience that border security is national security - they are one in the same", Trump said.

Funding for the government runs out at the end of September. Trump threatened at the time to veto the spending agreement, but eventually signed the bill while expressing his displeasure with Congress.

The House allocated about $5 billion for funding Trump's border wall and other related barriers along the southern border - an amount the White House has endorsed.

"We have to end these frightful catch-and-release principles where you catch somebody, you take their name and you release them".

Lawmakers met with Trump last week to discuss the appropriations process to fund the government. OR became America's first sanctuary state when it adopted a law in 1987 preventing law enforcement from detaining people who are in the United States illegally but have not broken other laws.

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