Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer issued a warning to President Trump this Tuesday that he will be the one to blame if the government is forced to shut down because of a fight regarding the border wall.
“If the president goes down that path and insists on the wall or shut down the government, which he said back in September, make no mistake about it, a government shutdown will fall entirely, entirely on his shoulders,” he said while speaking from the Senate floor.
Trump’s insistence that the wall being built along the U.S.-Mexico border be featured in an immigration deal has become the largest hurdle in getting a government funded bill.
Congress now has until Jan. 19 to stop a government shutdown and Democrats want a fix for the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals included in any agreement.
Schumer, this Tuesday, said he could support a “few places where a secure fence makes sense” but called a 2,200 border wall “completely ineffective and absurdly expensive.”
“President Trump is fighting for an empty symbol rather than smart policy that will actually produce better security at our borders. …A medieval wall that you can’t see through across the length of the southern border will not make us any safer.” he said. “
The president has demanded $18 billion to build and repair 700 miles of border structures.
Republicans are attacking Democrats accusing them of hypocrisy on border security, noting they supported a 2013 bill that included several new security provisions.
However, that bill would have aimed to overthrow the entire immigration system, granting new legal protections to the 11 million immigrants living inside the country illegally.
Trump is due to meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday to try to narrow the differences on any immigration agreement.
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