Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump threatens US government shutdown over immigration

Trump threatens US government shutdown over immigration

"We need great people coming into our Country!"

Trump has previously floated the possibility of a government shutdown over border security and immigration, and on Sunday he made his threat explicit, saying he would do so unless Congress funds his proposed wall, which he promised Mexico would pay for, and puts in place his preferred immigration policies.

A federal judge on Friday urged the US government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents so it could reunite them with their children who remain in the United States.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that US$1.6 billion has already been appropriated for the wall and lawmakers were considering another request for US$5 billion.

Securing Democrats' support, moreover, is not likely to be easy, particularly amid widespread anger over a Trump immigration policy that for a time was separating parents from their children - including infants - at the border.

But, doubling down, Trump tweeted Sunday that "there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally", and that many people "are just using children for their own sinister purposes". Trump has requested US$25 billion to build a wall along the southern USA border with Mexico. "And that's the primary concern", Ryan said Wednesday on Fox News. Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world!

"We come up again on September 28th and if we don't get border security we will have no choice, we will close down the country because we need border security", he said, according to Reuters.

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There was a brief government shutdown in January after Senate Democrats refused to back a spending package because of Trump's move to potentially force the deportation of immigrants who had been brought to the United States illegally as children.

In the Kentucky radio interview, McConnell did acknowledge that the border funding issue probably wouldn't be resolved until later this year, after the November election.

Although Republicans control Congress, disagreements between moderates and conservatives in the party have impeded a speedy legislative fix.

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

"The biggest enemies here are not necessarily the open-borders Democrats".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in June that he was canceling much of the Senate's August recess, saying the chamber needed the additional time to make progress on Trump's nominees and pass appropriations bills.

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