McConnell dismisses talk of government shutdown

Aug 01, 2018, 15:35
McConnell dismisses talk of government shutdown

"It's time we have proper border security. Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"

Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall to deter illegal immigration and making Mexico pay for it. Mexico has refused, leading Trump to look to USA taxpayers to fund the endeavor instead, at least for now.

Building a border wall was one of the president's early campaign promises and he has been defensive of his immigration stance since his "zero tolerance" policy got criticism from both sides of the aisle. Estimates say it would take $25 billion to build it. Democrats don't want to give any kind of down payment without a guarantee for Dreamers, the illegal immigrants who came to the country as children.

Jonathan White of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a filing on Thursday that the government would need to conduct a manual review to identify all separated children in each of the plaintiff states.

The federal budget year ends on September 30 and lawmakers will spend much of August in their states campaigning for re-election in November. The House is now in recess, returning after Labor Day.

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".

Mr Trump would be taking a political risk if he does, in fact, allow most government functions to lapse on October 1 - the first day of the new budget year - roughly a month before the November 6 elections, when Republican control of both the House and Senate is at stake. Speaker Ryan went so far as to suggest that Trump would sign a short-term spending agreement even if it did not include money for security measures at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST and WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world!" Rand Paul of Kentucky blocked a spending vote. The House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Bill contains $5 billion for "physical barriers and associated technology on the southern border".

Typically government shutdowns occur when Congress fails to pass a spending bill for the year; in January the government shut down when Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a deal on how to handle immigration.

"I would have no problem doing a shutdown", Mr Trump said during a joint press conference at the White House with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte. They do, however, have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate. To help discourage border crossing, his administration also began separating children from their detained parents, rather than following the policy used by previous administrations, which generally released the entire family pending court action.

Two leading Democrats - Reps.

A senior official at the USA agency charged with caring for migrant children believed separating them from their parents carried "significant risk" of harm and said on Tuesday concerns had been raised internally before the Trump administration made it official policy. While he commended administration officials for reuniting many parents in its custody with their children, it faulted them for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place.

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