Trump Threatens Government Shutdown over Funding for $25 Billion Border Wall

31 July, 2018, 23:15 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Dems don’t support border measures

McConnell acknowledged, however, that the border funding issue in particular was unlikely to be resolved before the balloting. "Italy got exhausted of it, they didn't want it any longer", said the president. This has led Trump to demand that USA taxpayers fund construction of the wall, claiming he would recoup the money from Mexico through other means.

Trump wants Congress to pass legislation that addresses immigration issues. Numerous children have been accused by immigration officials of belonging to MS-13 and other violent gangs, an activity Trump has used to justify his "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants caught entering the country without permission. The Senate has yet to vote on the question. "He should learn from his mistakes".

Late Monday, Grassley and the Judiciary panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, sent a letter asking the inspectors general of the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments to investigate news organization's reports of abuse of immigrants at detention centers.

"But this has been many years", Trump said.

Trump has embraced a big-spending approach to government since taking office, allowing Democrats to secure funding for a number of their priorities in order for him to win a bigger budget for the military.

The House is now in a five-week recess, returning after Labor Day on September 3. The Senate will stay in session for most of August, except for a weeklong break scheduled to begin Aug. 6.

In April, Trump also threatened a shutdown over the funding of border security.

The city of Berkeley last December approved an ordinance that would bar it from engaging in any business with companies involved in the border wall's construction.

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A federal judge on Friday urged the US government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents whose children remain in the United States. But Democratic solidarity over the matter did not last long, and they backed down quickly.

Some Republican lawmakers doubted the government would be forced to shut down. In January, the federal government ceased working for two days over DACA and a lack of funding for the border wall Trump has extolled since his presidential candidacy.

Trump faced immediate words of caution from top Republicans, including Rep. Steve Stivers of OH, who leads the National Republican Congressional Committee, which coordinates campaign efforts for House Republican candidates. "But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again".

House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall.

Republicans distanced themselves from Mr Trump's threat on Monday. Nita Lowey of NY and California's Lucille Roybal-Allard - called the $5 billion a waste that "only further enables this administration's obsession with cruel attacks on immigrants".

In another tweet, Trump warned of "consequences" for those who cross the border without documentation, seemingly blaming the parents of migrant children who have been separated and detained at the border.

On June 20, Trump signed an executive order halting his administration's policy, but there are still many questions about how the remaining hundreds of children will be reunited with their parents.

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