Trump On Immigration: ‘If We Don’t Change It, Let’s Have A Shutdown’

“That will be a punt, that will not be winning for the country, but that’s most likely where we’re going to go”, Graham said.

“I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of”, he added.

The previous shutdown lasted three days before Congress passed a three-week spending extension to give both sides time to negotiate a longer-term deal on immigration and spending.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the agreement would include an increase for domestic programs like drug treatment and broadband infrastructure that Democrats have sought, as well as a military spending increase championed by Republicans. Democrats have balked at Trump’s proposals.

It has been almost three weeks since the last shutdown – a three-day closure that ended after Democrats won a promise from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to negotiate a deal on immigrants who came to the United States illegally as young children.

Democrats countered that the fate of DACA beneficiaries should not be tied to larger immigration topics Congress has been unable to agree on for decades.

The tweet is the latest salvo in U.S. budget deal deadlock, as the country’s lawmakers attempt to avoid another United States government shutdown. “I don’t think anyone has seriously proposed that recently”, explains Sen. “While reaching a deal can not come soon enough for America’s service members, the current political reality demands bipartisan cooperation to address the impending expiration of the DACA program and secure the southern border”, McCain said in a statement. Randy Capps, the institute’s director of research for U.S. programs, says he hasn’t “seen anything” that supports Kelly’s claim.

“You can say what you want”, Trump said. “We have too many people, too many Republicans who are adamant that we got to come up with a defense number that takes into consideration the requirements that we need to meet for national security”.

‘And these are killers, but our guys are tougher than them and that’s what we need.

In exchange for making citizenship a possibility, Trump wants $25 billion for border security, including money to build parts of his coveted wall along the U.S. -Mexico boundary.

“We had one Trump shutdown”, he said.

“I can’t imagine men and women of good will who begged this president to solve the problem of Daca” would oppose Trump’s proposal, said Kelly.

Republican representative Barbara Comstock, who is in danger of losing her seat this November, immediately took issue with the notion of a shutdown.

Word out of Washington is that even with a deadline approaching, Congress does not appear close to producing legislation to address the so-called Dreamers. A short-term deal will also leave Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients in limbo as Democrats aim to protect the immigration status of the roughly 800,000 now-undocumented young children of immigrants.

While the bipartisan Senate plan includes no funding for Trump’s border wall, it does contain border-security measures and some deportation protections for former DACA beneficiaries.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to discuss the negotiations. He said it will be an open debate to determine what can get past the 60-vote threshold for passage.

John Kelly White House chief of staff listen during a Customs and Border Protection roundtable discussion with at the CBP National Targeting Center in Sterling Virginia on Feb. 2 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg