Trump willing to 'shut down' government for border security votes

President Donald Trump listens after making remarks on the economy from the South Lawn of the White House Friday

Trump willing to 'shut down' government for border security votes

President Donald Trump speaks about the economy at the White House in Washington, July 27, 2018.

Following President Donald Trump's Sunday morning threat to shut down the government to secure funding for his southern border wall, Sen. Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!

Trump has repeatedly demanded an end to the visa lottery program, which allocates 50,000 green cards to applicants at random, and a move away from a system that prioritises visas for people with relatives in the US. "I certainly don't like playing shutdown politics". A funding fight also could prove a distraction from Republican efforts in the Senate to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, by October 1.

He also says Congress must fix "the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world!" and urges voters to "Vote "R" in November.

Lawmakers met with Trump last week to discuss the appropriations process to fund the government by the September deadline.

Trump has requested $25 billion to build the border wall and $1.6 billion has already appropriated for the project. But Trump warned at the time that he would never sign "another bill like this" ever again.

Without naming a figure, 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. But Democratic solidarity over the matter did not last long. They do, however, have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.

McConnell, asked about a shutdown during a Kentucky radio interview, said it was not going to happen.

Ryan said Thursday that he believed Trump is "willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so we can that done". He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when".

House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall, a plan he supports.

Trump campaigned on the promise of building a border wall to deter illegal immigration and making Mexico pay for it. Mexico has refused.

Pedestrians pass in front of a section of a US-Mexico border wall in Tijuana.

Democrats believe they will make significant gains in the midterms, and any gains could make it more hard for Trump to secure money for the construction of the wall. He did acknowledge, however, that the border funding issue was unlikely to be resolved before the midterm elections.

"The biggest enemies here are not necessarily the open-borders Democrats". This had helped dramatically expand the budget deficit, leading to complaints from conservatives.

It faces hurdles in the Senate, where the Republican party has a wafer-thin majority and would need the support of 10 Democrats to pass the bill.

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