Trump threatens US government shutdown over border wall

30 July, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Dems don’t support border measures

President Donald Trump said Sunday he'd be willing to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!" he wrote Sunday morning on Twitter.

Deflecting from reports of widespread abuse and neglect in the hastily set-up immigrant youth shelters dotting the country, Trump tweeted that, "there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes".

As he continued to lobby for a border wall, Trump issued a new warning to migrants looking to illegally cross the Mexican border into the United States, saying they would face "consequences" even if they are accompanied by children.

Congress must agree on a spending measure to fund the government by a September 30 deadline.

However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

The last shutdown showdown was in March, when Trump also threatened to veto a gargantuan spending bill that didn't contain any funding for a wall.

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The government has shut down twice this year, but not at the behest of the president.

If he keeps the latter on his list of demands, because Democrats oppose such a system and have the votes in the Senate to block legislation, a government shutdown would be inevitable.

A House spending bill for fiscal 2019 proposes $5 billion for the project, while a Senate measure proposes the same amount as 2018.

"The president wants us to have policies that work for America and work for Americans, and I think that's what we are going to move forward with".

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion ($2.3b NZ) in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Homeland Security Department.

The Republican president has used the threat of a government shutdown several times since taking office in 2017 in a bid to get his priorities in congressional spending bills, especially funding for a wall along the southern USA border. Under the Trump administration, however, criminal aliens can refer to anyone who has entered the country without documentation.

In spite of a court order in place requiring the administration to reunite these children, 711 remain separated.

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