U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again Rally in Washington, Michigan April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Saturday President Donald Trump said he would shut down the federal government in September if Congress did not provide more funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
He said we have $1.6 billion for the wall, which is started, but come September 28, if he doesn’t get the rest of the funding for the wall, he will shut the government down.
In March he made a similar threat to push for changes in immigration law that he says would prevent criminals from entering the country. The government briefly shut down in January over immigration.
A $1.3 trillion spending bill, which Trump signed last month, will keep the government funded through the end of September. A government shutdown ahead of the November mid-elections is unlikely to be supported by his fellow Republicans who are keen to keep control of the U.S. Congress.
Trump cited the hundreds of Central American migrants traveling in a “caravan” as one of the reasons for strong border security.
He told everyone to watch the caravan at the border to see how bad it actually is.
Migrants, who include women and children, have said they fled their homes in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras because of death threats from gangs, the murder of family members or political persecution.