Trump threatens US government close-down over border wall

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Trump threatens US government close-down over border wall if Republicans’ choose not to support laws and finance wall

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would enable the national government to close down if Democrats don’t support his immigration laws and finance his border wall, wagering that keeping up a hard line will work to support Republicans in November congressional races.

Be that as it may, a disturbance in national government tasks could blowback on Trump if voters hold Republicans accountable, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.


“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!” Trump said on Twitter.

Americans are divided along party lines on immigration, and 81 percent of Republicans approved Trump’s handling of the issue, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released this month.

The Republican president has threatened a shutdown several times since taking office in 2017 in a bid to get immigration priorities in congressional spending bills, especially funding for a wall along the southern US border. Trump has asked for $25 billion to build the wall.

Congress must agree on a spending measure to fund the government by a September 30 deadline.

Although Republicans control both the US Senate and House of Representatives, disagreements between moderates and conservatives in the party have impeded a speedy legislative fix.

Standoffs over spending levels and immigration led to a three-day government shutdown, mostly over a weekend, in January and an hours-long shutdown in February.

The House in June rejected an immigration bill favoured by conservative Republicans.

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

The Republican president has made tougher immigration laws a centerpiece of his administration, from the first ill-fated travel ban on people from predominantly Muslim nations to the current battle raging over the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

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