Trump again threatens to shut down USA government over immigration policy

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In March, Congress passed a bill with $1.6bn in border security funding, but most of it was to fix sections of an existing barrier along the US-Mexico border.

It is unclear whether simply threatening to shut down the government could push Democrats to agree to fund construction of the wall, particularly because Trump has backed down at the last minute during previous standoffs.

From the very beginning of his term, Trump has seemed to court a shutdown over the wall, despite the deep objections of much of his staff and Republicans in Congress.

The president tweeted on Sunday two days after the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said a shutdown was not going to happen. "But this has been many years".

The blacklisting of the border-wall builders is just one prong in California Democrats' Trump resistance movement. It's been many years, even decades.

Trump has come under intense criticism for his zero-tolerance immigration policy, which prioritises prosecutions of people who enter the U.S. illegally. "We have to end the chain [migration]".

"I don't think we're going to shut down the government", Stivers said.

Ryan said after the meeting that "the president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done".

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Trump welcomed Conte to Washington as "my new friend", sensing a rare kindred spirit in Europe.

"Like the United States, Italy is now under enormous strain as a result of illegal immigration, and they've fought it hard and the prime minister frankly is with us today because of illegal immigration". Numerous children have been accused by immigration officials of belonging to MS-13 and other violent gangs, an activity Trump has used to justify his "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants caught entering the country without permission.

He also threatened to shut down the government unless Congress passes border-security legislation that includes building a wall separating the U.S. -Mexico border.

Specifically, he mentioned moving to an immigration system based on "merit", and praised populist Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, saying the former law professor is in his post nearly entirely because of "illegal immigration". This has led Trump to demand that US taxpayers fund construction of the wall, claiming he would recoup the money from Mexico through other means. He acknowledged, however, that the border funding issue was unlikely to be resolved before the midterm elections.

"It's time we had proper border security, we're the laughing stock of the world", he said during a joint press conference with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday. They also said they can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the USA without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers.

Commander Jonathan D. White of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who is coordinating efforts to reunite divided families, called a family's decision to leave children behind "a desperate last act of a parent" that he said is "unfathomable until you've walked in those parents' shoes".

"They want to meet, I'll meet". Good for the country.

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