President Trump is 'Begging' Congress to Fix Immigration Laws

Clay Curtis
August 4, 2018

The US president said he and the Italian prime minister are united in their conviction that strong nations must have strong borders.

Republican leaders believed they had secured Trump's patience last week when they huddled at the White House to discuss strategy ahead of the budget year that starts Oct.1.

"If they safeguard the. border, preventing the illegal entry of arms. and money from illicit activities into Mexico, there would be an nearly immediate and dramatic drop in murders", said Navarrete. Trump tweeted. "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"

"I'll always leave room for negotiation", Trump said when asked whether he would insist on getting all his immigration proposals before government funding runs out.

Trump's latest shutdown threat comes after a tweet earlier Tuesday in which he seized on news reports of a higher murder rate in Mexico than previously reported to bolster his demands for border wall funding and other immigration measures. "It doesn't help us right now".

Trump wants to put a stop to illegal immigration and has made several inflammatory statements in the past about Mexicans, branding them criminals and "rapists".

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Mr Cardoza said that around 85 people had suffered mostly light injuries, adding that the fire from the accident had been put out. Aispuro said that many passengers apparently managed to exit the wreckage on their own and some even walked back to the airport.

Trump has gotten some wall money from Congress, and likely will get more, though the total is well short of the $25 billion he has requested.

"We have to end these awful catch-and-release principles where you catch somebody, you take their name and you release them".

He also ran through a wish list including including scrapping a visa lottery programme, ending the practice of releasing immigrants caught entering the country illegally on the condition that they attend court hearings and shifting the system to one based less on family ties. The House is now in recess, and congressmen will return after Labor Day. This leaves only 11 legislative days on the calendar in which both chambers of Congress are in session and can act to prevent government funding from running out at the end of the day on September 30th. The Senate will be on break the week starting August 6.

House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall, a plan he supports.

Democrats have long opposed financing the wall but don't have enough votes by themselves to block House approval of that amount. According to the Congress-watchers at Roll Call, the Senate's speed at passing spending legislation has been particularly out of character. The Senate's version of the same homeland security bill would allocate only $1.6 billion.

US President Donald Trump returns to the White House holding his granddaughter Arabella's hand after spending a weekend in Bedminster, NJ on July 29, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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