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Trump Threatens to Shut Down Government if $20bn for Mexico Border Wall is not Passed

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US president Donald Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if the fund for the expenses of the Mexican border wall are not appropriated by congress in the coming appropriations deadline. The wall has been one of the election campaign vows trump made to his supporters while he reassured them that the expenses would be made by Mexico.

In a tweet posted on Sunday, Trump wrote that democrats will face the government shutdown if they don’t vote for what he called “border security”:

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.

US president formerly suggested government shutdown if border over border wall project. He, nevertheless, did not made it explicit until this Sunday when his third appropriation deadline has closed. The plan is proposed as a strategy in controlling the entrance of immigrants and, as trump claimed, criminals in to the United States.

It was in May when he first noted the “closing up the country for a while” if his security proposals on the wall would not pass in congress.

They don’t want the wall. But we’re going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while.

Trump’s remarks on the government shutdown also dates back to February when he expressed his “love” to see a shutdown if the immigration would not be addressed by government. A spending bill was passed in September then signed by the president after threatening to veto it. “I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump said then.

The potential shutdown will be a third one in current year after controversies over protections for “Dreamers” in January and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky’s blockage of a spending vote.

Critics believe that the supposed $20-30 billion would have no positive impact on the control of immigrations in the US. Besides, they conceive it as a racist act against a nation they have been in touch for decades. Furthermore, Trump recurrently claimed during the election campaigns that the expenses of the wall would be paid by Mexico, not American taxpayers.

 

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