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President Trump willing to shut down government over border security

President Trump willing to shut down government over border security

The U.S. leader claimed opposition Democrats need to give him "the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!" and other tougher national immigration policy changes.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to shut down the government if Congress does not fund construction of a wall along the U.S.

Trump tweeted. "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!".

Brennan asked "how damaging" a shutdown would be for Republican candidates ahead of the November elections.

He also called for an immigration system "based on MERIT!", adding that immigrants wanted by the U.S. needed to be "great people".

As he continued to lobby for a border wall, Trump issued a new warning to migrants looking to illegally cross the Mexican border into the United States, saying they would face "consequences" even if they are accompanied by children.

Trump would be taking a political risk if he does allow most government functions to lapse on October 1 - the first day of the new budget year - roughly a month before the November 6 elections, when Republican control of both the House and Senate is at stake. Ultimately, Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, which keeps the government running through September 30.

On Sunday morning, Trump turned to Twitter to defend his administration's much-maligned policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

United States President Donald Trump said there are "consequences when people cross our border illegally" and claimed many who do so are 'using children for their own sinister purposes'.

A bill in the house of representatives would include $5 billion for the border wall but would require Democratic votes in the Senate to pass.

Mr Trump returned to the idea of shutting down the government over the border wall just days after a meeting at the White House with Mr McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the legislative agenda.

The president also told voters to "Vote R", suggesting that electing more Republicans to Congress after the midterm elections in November would ensure immigration laws being fixed.

A federal judge on Friday urged the USA government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents whose children remain in the United States.

"Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world!"