Trump threatens shutdown over wall, immigration

Trump threatens shutdown over wall, immigration

Trump threatens shutdown over wall, immigration

US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that crossing the US border illegally has consequences whether accompanied by children or not, and urged Congress to change the current migratory law, which he referred to as the world's "dumbest and worst".

Trump's threat, his second in two days, put him further at odds with his own party in Congress, where many Republicans are facing tough re-election fights this November.

Nine of the 12 annual spending bills needed to keep the government running would be enacted before October 1, leaving funding for the departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice and the State department on autopilot until after the election.

"If we don't get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown", Trump said during a joint news conference at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Acting Chief Carla L. Provost of the U.S. Border Patrol says, "We do not leave our humanity behind when we report for duty".

"I have no red line, unlike President Obama", Trump said, referencing his predecessor's "red line" on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" he tweeted.

When asked about the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he and other Republicans support the president's goals as they try to go through a normal appropriations process "that prevents a big event at the end of the fiscal year". "We need great people coming into our Country!"

The President has requested for $25 billion to build the border wall. Trump dropped the policy more than a month ago under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Trump's comments came after he threatened on Twitter over the weekend to shut down the government if he does not receive funding for his campaign-promised border wall from Congress.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said after the Ryan-McConnell meeting that the goal is to "sort through" the spending bills in a way that would delay debate on wall funding until after the elections.

The AP reported last month that children held at an immigration detention facility in Roanoke, Virginia, said they were beaten while handcuffed, locked in solitary confinement and left nude and cold in concrete cells. Numerous children have been accused by immigration officials of belonging to MS-13 and other violent gangs, an activity Trump has used to justify his "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants caught entering the country without permission. Because Trump's wall was funded during the current fiscal year, it would continue for the length of the extension.

McConnell canceled most of the Senate's recess to give senators time to work on the annual spending bills that fund government operations. Back in February, Trump said that he'd "love to see a shutdown" if the government did not address border security. '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'.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said last week that the funding for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when".

Congressman Steve Stivers, a Republican from OH, downplayed the possibility of a shutdown in a TV interview on Sunday, saying: "I think we're going to make sure we keep the government open". The Senate Appropriations Committee, she said, was making progress and working "closely" with the administration.

With President Donald Trump already under fire for taking thousands of migrant children from their detained parents - and botching the reunification of many - the request for the investigation elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration headaches.

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