Trump Vows Government Shutdown Over Immigration

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump vowed to shutdown the U.S. government over immigration, regardless of the political price, in a series of Tuesday tweets.

“I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown,” Trump tweeted.

“Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country,” he continued. “A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!”

Trump has said repeatedly in recent days that he is willing to shut down the government over immigration issues, though he has been scant on details.

“I’ll always leave room for negotiation,” Trump said Monday while declining to note what exactly he would demand in exchange for signing a spending bill.

“We need border security,” he continued. “Border security includes the wall, but it includes many other things. We have to end the lottery. We have to end the chain. The chain is like a disaster. You bring one person in, and you end up with 32 people. We have to end these horrible catch-and-release principles, where you catch somebody, you take their name, and you release them.”

The president also neglected to demand a full $25 billion in funding for his proposed border wall.