President Trump renews government shutdown threat if no border wall funding

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His morning tweet represents a huge gamble.

Congress must agree on spending to fund the government by 30 September, but a shutdown would be politically risky as mid-term elections loom in November.

"If we don't get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown", Mr Trump said at a joint press conference on Monday with Giuseppe Conte. Trump also demanded an end to "catch and release", a practice that allows undocumented immigrants to return to their communities while they await proceedings, rather than remaining detained.

Both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and McConnell met with Trump last week to discuss funding the government.

Democratic lawmakers, led by former state senate president Kevin de Leon, made the sanctuary policies statewide law, sparking a constitutional showdown with the Trump administration, which is playing out in the courts.

The expansion of the blacklisting campaign into the border city of San Diego comes as Democrats are seeking to capitalize on anti-Trump voter anger in key California Congressional districts viewed as must-wins for Democrats to take back the House majority.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) told ABC on Sunday that Republicans will work to keep the government open and improve immigration policies.

He also repeated his attacks on immigration law itself, incorrectly asserting that "they want us to hire thousands of judges".

Donald Trump's immigration policies have seen a number of setbacks in recent weeks.

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Spending bills have appropriated funds to replace existing walls or barriers, something Trump has tried to promote to his supporters as signs of progress.

Dana Sabraw, a USA judge in San Diego, California, who is overseeing the reunification of families, said the government deserves "great credit" for the reunification of the 1,800 children with their parents or other family members. He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when".

Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Shelby said, "I'm hoping the idea of shutting down the government is not a serious thing and it goes away".

Congress reached an agreement in March to fund government operations through the end of September, and it must pass new legislation by then or the government will partially shut down October 1, just five weeks before the midterm elections.

The government has already been shut down once during Trump's presidency. Trump has asked for $25 billion to build the wall.

He also launched an aggressive push for additional border security measures early this year which include Dollars 25 billion toward construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border. "I would meet with Iran if they wanted to meet", he said.

As they stood side by side on the podium, Trump praised the prime minister for taking a "firm stance on the border".

Last week, an immigration bill supported by conservative Republicans failed to pass the House of Representatives.

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