Trump threatens to shutdown the government if Congress doesn’t fund border security
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 30, 2018,
Jul 30, 2018, 3:56
The Sunday morning tirade saw the president claim he "would be willing to "shut down" the federal government if members of Congress from the opposition party didn't row in behind Republicans in voting for his immigration reform package, which includes releasing funds for the US-Mexico border wall that formed the cornerstone of his election campaign.
The U.S. leader claimed opposition Democrats need to give him "the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!" and other tougher national immigration policy changes.
Trump, in a Twitter comment, called for the U.S.to "finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!".
'Probably, and that's something we do have a disagreement on, ' McConnell told a Kentucky radio station when asked if funding for the border wall would wait until after November, according toThe Hill newspaper.
Trump wants Congress to pass legislation that addresses immigration issues.
The House is now in a five-week recess, returning after Labor Day on September 3.
The Senate remains in session and is set to go on break the week of August 6 before returning for the rest of the month.
Both chambers will have a short window to approve a spending bill before government funding expires.
House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall.
Two leading Democrats - Reps.
His administration has come under blistering criticism for separating children from their parents over its "zero tolerance" immigration crackdown to deter immigrants from trying to cross the border illegally.
Trump's latest attacks against USA immigrants entering the US illegally - majority from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras - comes as his administration continues to deal with the fallout of his "zero tolerance" policy of weeks ago in which more than 2,500 children were separated from their parents as they crossed into the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2018.
The administration says some of their parents have criminal histories.
He also said Congress must fix "the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world!" and urged voters to "Vote 'R'".