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Trump threatens government shutdown over border issues

President Donald Trump stands before a border wall prototype in San Diego in mid-March. Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci (file)

Trump threatens government shutdown over border issues

President Donald Trump said Sunday he is willing to shut down the federal government if Democrats in Congress won’t cooperate on legislation to secure the U.S. southern border with Mexico, including building a wall.

“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!” the president tweeted. “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!”

Trump returned to the idea of forcing a partial government shutdown after a meeting last week with GOP leaders to discuss the fall legislative agenda. But Republicans on Capitol Hill were quick to downplay the idea. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, said Congress should avoid a shutdown just before the midterm elections, adding, “I certainly don’t like playing shutdown politics.”

The president could trigger a partial shutdown by vetoing an upcoming spending bill. Current funding expires at the end of September. Estimates put the cost of the proposed wall in the tens of billions of dollars.

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.



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Brendan Bossard

Not merit, which measures artificial factors, but character should be the prime measure for allowing immigration.

West Gramma

 Our country needs a comprehensive immigration reform that acknowledges a very changed world.  Congress has been dragging its feet for decades. A problem as complex as immigration cannot be dealt with in a hateful, hysterical, last minute, whiplash fashion. A bipartisan committee should be formed to focus on a comprehensive and realistic immigration policy and reform. The committee should be given a minimum of two years to solidify a plan in a bipartisan fashion. Both Congress as a whole and the president need to support such a measured approach. It’s ridiculous to attempt solving in a high pressured, emotionally charged, knee-jerk, twist the arm behind the back fashion what decades of neglect by both political parties has produced. 


The wall could cost billions. How much does it cost for everything involving illegal immigrants? Catch and release? Freebies? Ramped up policing? Protests? 

How about using military to keep dangerous people out? 

Everyone coming across should be fingerprinted, including the children. 



I believe a majority of ordinary Americans want secure borders, not a sieve. I also think a majority of us think we have the right to know who is coming in and the right to reject those with bad backgrounds. And no more: send them home and when they repeatedly come in illegally, do nothing to stop it.  Some of our fellow Citizens have died because of this!

In spite of that, Congress has, for years, echoed “yes we should have secure borders,” but then done nothing to implement it. They have simply ignored the wishes of the People they allegedly represent. 

So Mr. Trump campaigns in large part on securing our southern border, and he wins!  Yet with all that considerable writing on the wall, our Republican representatives are still dragging their feet.

Maybe as good an argument for term limits as I’ve ever heard. They don’t want to abide by our wishes, they should be gone!  And write letters to the laggards and spell out to them in simple terms, “You MUST deal with this!  Get behind your President!”