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Democrats care more about keeping borders open than government

Democrats care more about keeping borders open than government

Mulvaney said Trump is willing to shut down the border, despite the economic hit as $558 billion worth of goods flowed across the border past year, because "all options are on the table" and "it's the only way we can get the Democrats' attention". He also called for changes to "ridiculous immigration laws" and threatened to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

That would "bring our vehicle industry back into the United States where it belongs", he said.

The Democratic leaders pledged not to appropriate a single dollar towards funding a wall, and Pelosi further promised to put forth a funding bill that does not include any of Trump's demands when she assumes the speakership in January.

Mulvaney said Friday that Trump has been closely following the shutdown as well as the manhunt for an illegal immigrant suspected of killing a cop in California. "This is only about the Dems not letting Donald Trump & the Republicans have a win".

Mulvaney said that while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seemed interested in making a deal, "it's Nancy Pelosi preventing that from happening".

"We build a Wall or close the Southern Border".

Days later United States authorities dramatically shuttered a border crossing in southern California after hundreds of migrants - part of the "caravan" Trump had roundly condemned - tried to breach a fence from the Mexican city of Tijuana.

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In absence of the funding bill, about a quarter of the federal government ran out of money and shut down on December 22. "That's the sad part - they care more about keeping our borders open than keeping our government open".

Meanwhile, Trump's approval rating in Morning Consult's polling just dipped below 40 percent for the first time since he defended the "very fine" neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017.

McConnell even introduced a continuing resolution a few days prior to keep the government funded at current levels until February 8.

The temporary closing saw border agents halt vehicles and pedestrians at the San Ysidro crossing point, one of the busiest between the neighboring countries.

Both sides have dug in.

"I think the president lives in this delusional world fed by Fox News and a couple of right-wing talking heads and does not connect actions with consequences", Mr. Connelly, a Virginia Democrat who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on CNN. He said earlier this month he would be "proud" to shut down the government for "border security".

About a million citizens of the three countries have been caught by Border Patrol between 2013 and 2017 (pdf) trying to enter illegally. Central Americans are also deeply integrated in the United States economy, often performing physically demanding, low-pay jobs in construction, agriculture and other vital sectors.


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