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01 August, 2018

The potential shutdown is creating anxieties among Republicans who are hoping to maintain control of Congress in the fall midterm elections.

"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", Trump said.

A shutdown was avoided in March after Congress approved a United States dollars 1.3 trillion spending package that would fund the government through the end of September.

Government funding expires midnight September 30.

Durbin's demand will likely be ignored, and Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton quickly issued a statement saying Nielsen is "doing the job she was nominated, confirmed and sworn to do" and said "the obstructionists in Congress" should pass laws protecting USA borders. The House is now in recess, returning after Labor Day.

Congressional Republican leaders are loathe to see a government shutdown shortly before the 2018 midterms and several Republican members of Congress have already publicly rebuked Trump's threats, calling them counterproductive to their prospects of holding onto their majority in both chambers of Congress. But he's stressing the need for border security and overhauling the nation's legal immigration system.

The Senate is working to finish nine of its 12 annual spending bills by the end of this week while the House only passed six of its annual funding bills before it left on its August recess.

Asked at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to describe the so-called family residential centers where kids and parents are held, the head of enforcement and removal for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the facilities are "more like a summer camp" than a jail.

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The House allocated about $5 billion for funding Trump's border wall and other related barriers along the southern border - an amount the White House has endorsed. Trump said on Twitter.

Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" said he did not think it would come to a shutdown. But Republicans need help from Democrats to clear most bills in the Senate, and Capito noted that "I don't know if we can compromise".

Last week, Republican leaders thought they had reached a deal with Trump to delay a confrontation on funding for the wall until after the November mid-term elections, according to a person familiar with their discussion.

Details of the internal deliberations that led to the creation of the family separation policy have not yet been revealed, though a lawsuit by 17 Democratic attorneys general is attempting to obtain records through the discovery process. Nita Lowey of NY and Lucille Roybal-Allard of California - called the $5 billion a waste that "only further enables this administration's obsession with cruel attacks on immigrants".

Trump also tweeted on Sunday that there are "consequences when people cross our Border illegally" and claimed many who do so are "using children for their own sinister purposes".

As of July 26, the administration reported it reunited more than 1,400 children with their parents, a deadline set by a federal court judge, but about 700 children remain in government custody.

At the hearing, officials from ICE and Customs and Border Protection were vocally defensive of the administration, repeatedly casting blame on the migrant parents for bringing their children on the risky journey to the United States in the first place and declaring that the facilities that hold the separated children are "like summer camps". "We have the worst immigration laws in the world", Mr. Trump said.

Information for this article was contributed by Darlene Superville, Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram of The Associated Press; by Philip Rucker, Robert Costa, Damian Paletta and Seung Min Kim of The Washington Post; by Ben Brody and Steven T. Dennis of Bloomberg News; and by Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times.


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