Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on southern border wall

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on southern border wall

Rep. Scott Peters of California says Democrats want to strengthen security along the U.S. -Mexico border, but not in the way the president does, with what Peters calls "a wall that is never going to be built".

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated past year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.

But most lawmakers left town last Friday and will not return before Monday, leaving little chance for any solution to the stalemate before then.

Vice President Mike Pence said Trump will sign legislation passed in Congress that will provide back pay to federal workers once the government reopens.

Mr. Trump on Friday, however, backed off on a series of previous threats to end the deadlock by declaring a national emergency and attempting to secure the funds without congressional approval. The poll finds that 42 per cent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 per cent say they should compromise with Trump.

With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame for the shutdown, the administration accelerated planning for a possible emergency declaration to try to get around Congress and fund the wall from existing sources of federal revenue.

"If they can't do it".

"This lawsuit is not complicated: We do not believe it is lawful to compel a person to work without paying them", the federation's president, Randy Erwin, said in a statement.

The assessment from Graham, who has become close to Trump, suggested the shutdown could last for weeks longer, if not months, inflicting additional financial pain on the 800,000 federal workers who have been idled or required to work without pay for the duration. Sen.

Two-thirds of Americans - 67 percent - oppose the idea of Mr. Trump declaring a national emergency to pay for a wall if Congress doesn't fund one, a CBS News poll found.

As Democrats and the White House continue to negotiate, Sen.

But Trump insisted that the "only way you're going to stop" trafficking of drugs and people is with a wall.

He tweeted: "I do have a plan on the Shutdown". "But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019The building of the Wall on the Southern Border will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!

House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government.

He noted though that the way things have unfolded seem to contradict Trump's vows to do politics differently from how things in Washington are traditionally handled.

For Trump, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals that can only be solved by more walls. Only in recent days has he begun describing the problem as "humanitarian".

"[Schumer] and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to pay them to go on TV once a week", Gingrich, the former GOP House Speaker, told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y., pointing to the Democratic response to President Trump's Oval Office address on border wall funding.

"Stop harming our country and our economy and let's make our best efforts because we all agree we need to invest more in border security", Coons said.

Radha Muthiah, head of Capital Area Food Bank, said that dozens of volunteers are working to pack bags of food for affected staff.

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