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Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall

Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats refuse to back his demand for a wall at the Mexican border and other major changes to immigration laws his administration wants.

The president said that Democrats need to get onboard with his immigration agenda, which includes a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, or risk another government shutdown. Without naming a figure, President Trump said in April that he would "have no choice" but to force a government shutdown this fall if he doesn't get the border security money he wants.

The American President made a reference to his administration's proposed merit-based immigration system, which would assign points to potential migrants on factors such as age, education, fluency in English, willingness to invest capital in the United States, etc. But it was a splintered Republican majority bloc of lawmakers, along with unified Democratic opposition, that twice in recent weeks rejected immigration changes Trump supported.

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. We're trying to work with our colleagues, and I think border security is very important in this country.

House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion ($7b NZ) next year to build Trump's wall. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposed government spending increases. The higher amount matches what President Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP congressional aide who wasn't authorized to publicly talk about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity. 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".

Trump threatens government shutdown over immigration
Donald Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Democrats don’t vote for border wall

The President's attitudes on immigration, as well as his insistence on a wall along the southern border, were hallmarks of his campaign, and themes he regularly returns to.

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

"Many are just using children for their own sinister purposes", he wrote.

But the administration's policy of referring all instances of illegal entry for criminal prosecution, which was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, has resulted in thousands of families being separated at the border.

European Union ramps up attack on Trump auto tariff plans
And he blamed the poor state of relations between the two superpowers on foolishness by both countries. Corker accused Trump of giving the impression that America was a weak nation, a pushover.

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