Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Top Republicans Oppose Border "Emergency" As US Shutdown Drags On

H1 government shutdown protest US government shutdown hits record length with no end seen
Ellis Copeland | 14 January, 2019, 05:46

He was one of 19 law enforcers, faith leaders and elected officials invited to a White House meeting Friday to discuss border security with President Donald Trump, who took the opportunity to attack Democratic refusal to fund a wall.

President Donald Trump said yesterday he would not declare a national emergency "right now" to end a standoff over border security that has idled large swaths of the US government, all but guaranteeing that he will preside over the longest shutdown in USA history. The president believes that Hispanic Democrats will see that the party hasn't secured DACA protections and they will switch to the GOP as a result.

Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he doesn't have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in US history when it entered its 22nd day Saturday.

"The only crisis here is one that's been created by the president's abrupt change in position at the end of previous year in the last days of a Republican-controlled Congress", Coons said.

Congressional Democrats are engaged in a more than three-week battle with Senate Republicans and the White House over funding for a wall along the southern border.

"I would consider DACA, but I think we'd complicate it", Trump told reporters during an impromptu gaggle on the South Lawn of the White House.

The government shutdown is now the longest in American history, with no apparent end in sight.

The president is expected in the new week to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who are not being paid during the shutdown.

A concourse at Miami International Airport was shut down for part of the weekend because not enough Transportation Security Administration agents were present to staff all of the airport's the security checkpoints.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, travelling Saturday in Abu Dhabi, claimed that morale is good among USA diplomats even as many work without pay.

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But Graham said Sunday that time is running out. Eighteen per cent say they have been inconvenienced, including 7 per cent who say it has been a major problem. The president has said he would like a ruling before moving forward with any DACA policy proposals.

Coons blames the impasse on border wall funding that led to the shutdown on Trump. "Elections have consequences", he tweeted.

A Washington Post/ABC poll on Sunday showed 53 percent of respondents put Trump and Congressional Republicans at fault for the extended government closure, while 29 percent blame Democrats.

President Trump has visited the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas amid a stand off with Congress over getting funding for his border wall.

Trump told Sean Hannity this week he has "the absolute right" to make such a declaration if an agreement can not be reached with congressional Democrats on funding for his proposed border wall.

The Washington Post reports that Americans are nearly evenly split on whether they support a solid wall along the United States' southern border, up from the beginning of the immigration battle between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Separately, a CNN poll showed 56 percent of Americans oppose construction of Trump's hoped-for border wall.

The poll was conducted by landline cellular telephone between the periods of January 8-11, 2019, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 788 adults with a margin of sampling error of 4.5 points.

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