Trump Threatens US Government Shutdown over Immigration

Hugh Fox
July 31, 2018

Trump has also demanded that the US shift to an immigration system based more on merit and less on family ties.

Congress must agree on spending to fund the government by 30 September, but a shutdown would be politically risky as mid-term elections loom in November.

Under withering public rejection and criticism from congressional Democrats and Republicans alike, Trump stopped taking children from their parents.

Representative Steve Stivers of OH, the chairman of the committee charged with electing Republicans to the House, insisted that a shutdown was unlikely. "But we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while". "You know, I think we're going to make sure we keep the government open, but we're going to get better policies on immigration", Stivers said on ABC News' "This Week".

The notion of a government shutdown was criticized by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby.

Asked about specific requirements, he said he had no "red line".

On the other side of the aisle, Rep.

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While he spoke specifically about border wall funding on Twitter, Trump on Monday did not take a firm stance on his must-fund priorities.

On Monday, Trump said the U.S.' immigration laws were the "laughingstock of the world" while reaffirming his comments about letting the government stop operating if border laws don't toughen up.

But in June moderate members of the party in the US House of Representatives helped sink an immigration bill that was proposed by their conservative colleagues and backed by Mr Trump.

An unnamed official in the Trump administration reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that President Trump has agreed to a plan pitched by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the midterm elections to have a fight over border wall funding.

While there has been a long period of tension between the U.S and European Union on matters of trade and military spending, the two leaders have been hugely complimentary of one another, with Trump calling Italy's new leader "a really great guy".

Trump has sought to make immigration a core campaign theme heading into the midterms. The Trump administration repeatedly attempted to shift the blame to the Democrats for its own policy and falsely claimed it had no choice but to separate the families.

"We have laws that don't work", Trump said, praising ICE and border security agents for enforcing the law against criminal illegals.

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Despite Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, divisions within the party have made passing legislation hard.

"I just want great border security", Trump said.

"We really just want to get the military funded, on time, on budget on schedule this year".

And while some construction has begun, it's to replace portions of the existing barrier.

But the president is clearly trying to send a signal to lawmakers that he wants more than the amount the Senate likely will include in a fiscal 2019 Homeland Security spending measure.

A federal judge on Friday urged the USA government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents whose children remain in the United States.

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