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Shutdown continues, as Trump threatens to close southern border

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/28/18, 10:40 am

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to close the U.S.-Mexico border entirely if Congress doesn’t fund construction of a border wall, as a partial government shutdown approaches one week with no solution in sight. Incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats have ignored a White House offer to lower funding levels for the border wall from the president’s original request of $5 billion. “There’s not a single Democrat talking to the president of the United States about this deal,” Mulvaney said. “We do expect this to go on for a while.” Trump has refused Democratic offers to fund $1.3 billion for fencing but no wall.

Congress adjourned for the week without reaching a resolution, which likely means the new, divided Congress will inherit the shutdown when it reconvenes on Thursday. Funding ran out for nine federal departments and several agencies on Saturday, but with the weekend and days off for the Christmas holiday, Wednesday was the first regularly scheduled workday affected by the shutdown. Around 420,000 employees deemed essential are still working, while 380,000 are on furlough.

The president also threatened Friday to cut off aid to three Central American countries, where most of the migrants have originated. “Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money,” he tweeted. “Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries—taking advantage of U.S. for years!”

Mulvaney told Fox News Friday morning that Trump had canceled plans to travel to Florida for the New Year’s holiday, opting to stay in Washington during the shutdown impasse with Congress.

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  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 12/28/2018 03:48 pm

    What do we elect these people for?  Throwing tantrums and shutting off the services the government is supposed to provide.  What's the point of taxes if the government keeps getting shut down?

  • Wayne Asbury
    Posted: Fri, 12/28/2018 07:00 pm

    President Trump is keeping his promise. He said he wanted to run the government like a business. That is why the government, some of his former businesses, and Trump university are all shut down. He is good at this.

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sat, 12/29/2018 06:12 am

    15% is not really a government shut down. I find it curious that the left leaning Reuters is one of the few news outlets that is honest and refers to this as  a "partial shutdown." That being said and not being a big fan of President Trump's style and public personna I am glad to see him trying to find a way to slow down the invasion across our borders. There are no easy answers as we see the human interest side of the waves of foreigners attmepting to move into the greatest country on earth. But this must be balanced against the very real threats to our security and values. There are more politicians to be vilified than Trump. Many more. 

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Sat, 12/29/2018 11:28 pm

    Immigration is at its lowest point in decades.  (immigrants don't come to a country in recession, they go to places with jobs).  Most illegal immigrants cross over on visas and then simply don't leave.  A wall to block those that come by land would necessitate seizing land from thousands of private landowners along the border AND several Native American nations (think that whole pipeline fiasco, but times four).  It would need to go over mountains and canyons and rivers.  And in the end, all any illegal immigrant would need would be a ladder.

  • Leeper
    Posted: Sat, 12/29/2018 06:04 pm

    The cost to the country of not building the wall far exceeds the cost of the wall. (See article in conservative review). Trump is one of the few presidents that keeps his campaign promises. The wall should have been built years ago.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/31/2018 03:56 pm

    Maybe we should all start taking a closer look at the many benefits of illegal immigration:  

    For instance, if you own (or are a large stockholder in) a business that requires great numbers of unskilled workers, illegals are your key to much higher profits/stock dividends. Take Tyson Foods, the largest producer of poultry products in the world. Rumored for years (in my area) of having circulated handbills all over Mexico, “If you can get to Springdale, Arkansas, USA, there are jobs for you.”  Even stories of buses waiting at pre-arranged times and places on this side of the border. And, if certain documents are presented at hiring, no requirement for the employer to try to determine whether the docs are legit. Additional benefit to the employer: these workers are not only willing to work cheap, they rarely complain about anything.

    For the rest of us, while poultry execs and stockholders rake it in, maybe we get our package of chicken a nickel cheaper.

    Another benefit:  all those illegals employed by big companies do have money withheld every week from their paycheck.  They would get tax refunds if they filed returns. Haha.  So those unclaimed refunds help reduce the deficits. Yaaayyy. More money for our wonderful govt to make grants for obscene “art.”  

    Then for small employers, like those who need cheap farm labor:  you can get away with paying cash, possibly provide cheap housing and take it out of wages at inflated rates, no need to pay for insurance or workman’s comp or benefits, no cost if one gets hurt on the job. A few years ago there was an illegal killed on a farm in Tennessee, and the farmer just had the other workers pitch the body in a pond.  That farmer got caught, but with undocumented and unnamed workers, I suspect there may be more than a few that just disappear with little cost to the employer. So undocumented workers can be as profitable as having slaves. 

    Another benefit, if you have a small construction project at home, in many parts of the country there are willing workers lined up outside HomeDepot or Lowe’s. Pay cash, no insurance, they don’t worry about codes or permits like a contractor would, you can probably even get away with telling them you’re paying $10 an hour and at the end of the day give them $6 an hour. Are they going to the authorities?  Haha. 

    I’m sure there are many other reasons we need lots and lots of cheap labor, and thus, need an insecure border. But I’m just not an imaginative enough person to think of them all.