Trump Threatens Government Shutdown If Democrats Don’t Accept His Hard-Line Immigration Proposals
President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet on Sunday to shut down the federal government this fall should Democratic lawmakers refuse to vote for his hard-line immigration measures, including increased border security and funding for Trump’s long-promised southern border wall.
“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!” Trump tweeted. “Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
The government has already shut down twice since Trump took office, both times early this year. In a separate Twitter post Monday morning, the president explicitly mentioned the need to “protect” Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to eliminate so-called “sanctuary cities,” liberal havens where immigrants and refugees are often allowed to safely stay regardless of federal immigration laws.
We must have Border Security, get rid of Chain, Lottery, Catch & Release Sanctuary Cities – go to Merit based Immigration. Protect ICE and Law Enforcement and, of course, keep building, but much faster, THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2018
According to reports, federal funding for the border wall is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, just 37 days before November’s midterm elections. The House is currently in recess, and congressmen will return after Labor Day. The Senate will be on break the week starting August 6. Republicans — who are desperate to retain majority in the midterms — earlier this month released a spending bill that allots $5 billion in 2019 to the construction of the wall. Trump has requested $25 billion for the project.
Trump and his administration have been repeatedly criticized for separating immigrant families at the border. Trump signed an executive order ending the practice after facing severe backlash from both sides of the aisle, and although many families have since been reunited, hundreds still remain apart.
The president has also refused to revive the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since it expired in March. DACA was implemented to help give “Dreamers” — migrant children who came to the U.S. at a young age —a path to citizenship. Hardline conservatives and moderate Republicans in the House have been caught in a skirmish over this issue for months.
Meanwhile, many liberals have repeatedly called for abolishing ICE, arguing it is a corrupt and costly agency.
President Shutdown is at it again – how many times will he threaten to shut down the government—putting Virginia’s and our nation’s economy at risk, as well as the livelihoods of thousands of federal workers—before he realizes this is not a game? https://t.co/5vQz3f6vBS
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) July 29, 2018