Trump Threatens US Government Shutdown over Immigration

Trump Threatens US Government Shutdown over Immigration

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump said he had no qualms about shutting down the government as part of a dispute over funding for a southern border wall.

"I would be willing to 'shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!

"I have no red line, unlike President Obama", Trump said referring to his predecessor when asked if the $25 billion needed for the wall was a "red line" for negotiation.

"Trump's border wall does nothing to promote San Diego's robust economy and our positive global ties with Mexico", Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, a Democrat, said in a statement.

He wants lawmakers to approve $25bn (£19bn) to fund the construction of a "big, lovely wall" on the US-Mexico border, a signature promise of his election campaign.

At last week's White House meeting, Trump, Ryan and McConnell agreed that Congress was 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 insisted on condition of anonymity. Trump said on Twitter.

Trump has repeatedly called for the merit-based system and the chain migration to reduce overall immigration to the US.

As lawmakers grilled them at a congressional hearing Tuesday, Trump administration officials defended their efforts to reunite thousands of immigrant families that the government separated.

In the opening remarks of his press conference with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, President Trump doubled down and said he had "no problem" shutting down the government to get what he wants on immigration policy. At the hearing, administration officials revealed that hundreds of children remain separated almost a week after a court-imposed deadline to reunite them, that pregnant detainees can be shackled as long as they are not in "active labor" and that there was significant internal pushback within agencies as the family separation policy was being developed by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"There's a reason ... we wanted the wall and that is so that all of us don't have to be on constant, constant alert for the next wave of illegal, poverty-stricken, very needy, uneducated immigrants pouring across our border".

"That's a hard question to answer, " said Jennifer Higgins, the associate director of refugee, asylum and worldwide operations at US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

We are the laughing stock of the world, ' Trump said in the East Room of the White House on Monday.

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In May, Trump suggested "closing up the country for a while" if he did not get his wall.

Republicans, trying to protect their majority in Congress, are playing down the chance of a shutdown as the November election nears.

"No, that's not going to happen", the Kentucky senator told WHAS radio station in Louisville on Friday.

At the same news conference, the United States president offered to meet Iran's leaders anytime without preconditions.

The Senate is working to finish nine of its 12 annual spending bills by the end of this week while the House only passed six of its annual funding bills before it left on its August recess. "I just want great border security".

Both chambers will have a short window to act before government funding expires at midnight September 30. Trump threatened at the time to veto the spending agreement, but eventually signed the bill while expressing his displeasure with Congress.

"Let me ask this panel, who here thinks that zero tolerance has been a success?" Sen.

"It would allow parents and children to stay in a safe facility while they wait their court proceedings and then move them to the front of the line to present their case before an immigration judge", said Texas Republican John Cornyn of the proposed bill from his colleagues.

Democrats not only want better documentation of the separation and reunification processes, there is also a push to conduct special investigations on the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

But the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting migrants entering the USA without authorization, and its separation of thousands of children from their parents, has drawn election-year criticism from both parties.

Committee Chairman Charles Grassley says Trump's crackdown on people illegally crossing the border from Mexico was well-intentioned but has had unintended consequences.

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