A handful of Republicans met in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office Thursday afternoon to discuss a plan that would have funded construction of a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border in exchange for legislative protections for Dreamers ― young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children ― as well as protections for immigrants from countries such as El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The president argues this is essential for border security and claims the current situation is a crisis.
Mr. Trump's insistence on billions of dollars in funding to keep a signature campaign promise - and Democrats' insistence to fund the government without wall funding - mean the partial government shutdown is poised to be the longest government shutdown in US history.
Democrats have offered more resources to improve border security, including new infrastructure, more personnel, and better technology, but Trump and the Republicans will not budge on wall funding. So, I will take the mantle.
Most recently, Trump walked out of a meeting with Congress members and is considering declaring a national emergency to get the wall built if lawmakers won't approve the necessary funds, according to the New York Times.
White House officials, even those who feel they've "won" the shutdown messaging so far, say they believe things will take a turn starting Friday, when hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't receive their paychecks. "The Democrats are apparently not going to negotiate until the government is open, and if you even open the government, the House isn't going to negotiate about funding for the wall".
"We have to recognize something because my head's going to explode", Deutsch said during a discussion on Thursday's edition of Morning Joe.
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The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.
"And what he's done is chipped at our democracy".
"When - during the campaign, I would say, "Mexico is going to pay for it", obviously, I never said this and I never meant they're going to write out a check".
Analysts say the declaration would likely be challenged in court as a case of presidential overreach, in which case the wall still could face being blocked. "Democrats, go. What do you do as Democrats?"
As it stands, voters hold the GOP and Trump responsible for the shutdown. Just 33% said Democrats in Congress were mostly to blame.
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