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Trump threatens government shutdown over immigration policy

Trump threatens government shutdown over immigration policy

"It's mind boggling to me that anybody would say, 'well, we're going to shut down the government if I don't get my way".

McConnell later told a radio interviewer that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections won't happen.

Mr Trump returned to the idea of shutting down the government over the border wall just days after meeting at the White House with Mr McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the autumn legislative agenda. He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when". "Trump seized on the praise, tweeting today that "a highly respected Federal judge" had said that the "'Trump Administration gets great credit' for reuniting illegal families.

The defensive comments from Trump officials dumbfounded Democratic members of the committee, such as Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who charged that the Trump administration had created a situation at the border that was like a Kafka novel, suggesting that children's entertainment venue Chuck E. Cheese had a better system for preventing children from being separated from their parents than the United States government. Democrats and some Republicans have objected to those proposals. The Senate will stay in session for most of August, except for a weeklong break scheduled to begin Aug. 6.

Congress must pass the bills to keep the government funded by September 30 to prevent a shutdown.

Trump on Tuesday escalated his public threats of a government shutdown, even as he has told aides privately that he won't make any move until after the midterm elections.

Trump has asked for $25bn (£19bn) to build the wall. The president tweeted over the weekend that he would be willing to shut down the federal government if Democrats don't support a plan to boost border security and fund his signature border wall.

Defending conditions in the holding facilities, Albence said, "With regard to the FRCs (Family Residential Centers), I think the best way to describe them would be like a summer camp". The Senate Appropriations Committee, she said, was making progress and working "closely" with the administration.

The Senate spending panel has produced a bipartisan Homeland Security bill providing $1.6 billion for border security, while the House panel last week approved a rival bill providing $5 billion for a border wall.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said there's been more progress on spending legislation at this point in the process than in years and said Trump "seemed to be on board" in a previous conversation about the committee's progress.

However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

Two leading Democrats - Reps.

"This is a wall of shame, and we don't want any part of it", Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting said. Nita Lowey of NY and California's Lucille Roybal-Allard - called the $5 billion a waste that "only further enables this administration's obsession with cruel attacks on immigrants".

Because courts bar the government from keeping families in custody for more than 20 days, immigration officials said they had no choice but to separate families that were stopped at the border and hold children apart from parents.

With President Donald Trump already under fire for taking thousands of migrant children from their detained parents - and botching the reunification of many - the request for the investigation elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration headaches. The parents of these children were deported without their kids.

That number includes children whose parents were deported, children whose parents were released into the interior and children who were deemed ineligible for family reunification due to other factors, he said.

Following a day of relative silence on Twitter, Trump says: "Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes".