Lindsey Graham Reduces Trump's Border Wall To Just A 'Metaphor'

31 December, 2018, 22:24 | Author: Emmett Rice

But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of "Dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the United States as children - broke down a year ago as a result of escalating White House demands.

Graham is proposing to help two groups of immigrants to continue living in the USA with permission from the federal government: about 700,000 young "Dreamer" immigrants brought illegally as children and about 400,000 people receiving temporary protected status because they are from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts.

But he added: "Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people", describing many migrants as victims of traffickers.

In his first public comments on the issue, Trump said the deaths of children or other border-crossers "are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies".

Mr. Trump is entering 2019 and the halfway mark of his term in office with a partial government shutdown over his border wall, a shutdown that Republican Sen. The impasse - and the collateral damage from a partially shuttered federal government - begins the new era of divided government in which Democrats must balance ambitions for a bipartisan agenda with oversight of a president they hope to unseat in 2020. He just tweeted Sunday that a "ten-foot wall" around Barack and Michelle's Obama's home is what he has in mind for the entire southern border. "It's not a fence, Jeb, it's a WALL, and there's a BIG difference!" I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. "We actually came off of our $5 billion slightly", he said. When asked how long he thought the shutdown would last, Trump told reporters, "Whatever it takes".

As Republicans relinquish their hold on Congress, and House Speaker Paul Ryan gives up the gavel, the White House is eager for a showdown with Pelosi believing the crisis will tarnish the opening of the new legislative session, and with it, her expected return to the speaker's office.

We're on day 10 of the government shutdown and President Trump seems no closer to reaching a budget deal with Democrats, who continue to bicker over border security.

His comments, the first to reference the children's deaths, came the same day Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was finishing a two-day visit to the southern USA border, where she said in a statement, "The system is clearly overwhelmed and we must work together to address this humanitarian crisis".

The GOP-controlled Senate passed that same measure earlier this month, but Trump rejected it.

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On Sunday, it emerged that he fundamentally disagreed with the president's characterisation of illegal immigrants as criminals who are invading America.

Migrants from Central America say they want to reach the U.S. to escape poverty and gang violence.

Democrats maintain that they have already presented the White House with three options to end the shutdown, none of which funds the wall, and insist that it's Trump's move.

A former Homeland Security secretary, Mr Kelly is well versed in the complexities of immigration and border security and his views seemingly contrast with Mr Trump's harsh rhetoric on migration.

Meanwhile, the president lays the blame for the shutdown at the feet of Democrats.

A White House official said Democratic Sen.

Trump has attacked Democrats repeatedly on Twitter. The White House abandoned the concept of a "solid concrete wall early on in the administration", he said.

As the shutdown drags into a second week, shuttering popular Smithsonian museums and creating hardship among some 800,000 federal workers, the stalemate is fast becoming a test of wills rarely seen when Republicans had monopoly control of government in Washington.


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