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Trump stresses a fall shutdown may be needed

01 August 2018

"Border security includes the wall, but it includes many other things", Trump said.

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" he tweeted. He did acknowledge, however, that the border funding issue was unlikely to be resolved before the midterm elections. They say they'll wait until later to seek $5 billion for the wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Mr Trump also wants changes to legal immigration, including scrapping a visa lottery programme. In addition, Trump wants to end the practice of releasing immigrants caught entering the country illegally on the condition that they show up for court hearings, along with shifting the US immigration system to one based more on individual merit and less on family ties.

Trump is also defending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it defends the U.S. against "MS-13 nests" of "bad, bad people".

Americans are divided along party lines on immigration, and 81 percent of Republicans approved Trump's handling of the issue, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released this month.

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The House is in recess and won't return until after Labor Day. The Senate remains in session and is set to go on break the week of August 6 before returning for the rest of the month.

This leaves only 11 legislative days on the calendar in which both chambers of Congress are in session and can act to prevent government funding from running out at the end of the day on September 30th. $1.6 billion has already been appropriated for the project.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said shutdowns represent "a failure to govern effectively".

Trump met at the White House last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Republicans said they were surprised by Trump's threat Monday that he would "have no problem doing a shutdown" if Congress didn't approve additional border security funding.

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The AP reported last month that children held at an immigration detention facility in Roanoke, Virginia, said they were beaten while handcuffed, locked in solitary confinement and left nude and cold in concrete cells. No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should resign and that someone "has to accept responsibility" for policies that show "the extremes this administration will go to". While he commended administration officials for reuniting many parents in its custody with their children, it faulted them for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place.

On Thursday, the government said it had reunited 1,442 children with their parents, while hundreds of children are still separated from their families.

A senior official at the US agency charged with caring for migrant children believed separating them from their parents carried "significant risk" of harm and said on Tuesday concerns had been raised internally before the Trump administration made it official policy.

Some 2,500 children were separated from their parents as part of Republican President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal immigration.

"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", Trump said.

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Trump stresses a fall shutdown may be needed