Top immigration official says family detention centers are 'like summer camp'
- Author: Tracy Klein Aug 01, 2018,
Aug 01, 2018, 5:05
Trump said at his news conference he didn't have a "red line" in the negotiations but just wanted 'great border security'. However, the spending measure did not address immigration and Trump said at the time, "I will never sign another bill like this again".
Congress faces a September 30 deadline to fund the government. Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!
With President Donald Trump already under fire for taking thousands of migrant children from their detained parents - and botching the reunification of many - the request for the investigation elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration headaches. But Trump's latest threats could bring congressional gridlock back on the agenda in the final stretch of the 2018 campaign.
Monday's news conference follows a White House meeting that Trump held with the Italian prime minister.
Democrats have long opposed financing Trump's wall but don't have enough votes by themselves to block House approval of that amount, but they do have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.
Trump said the two countries, through a "new strategic dialogue", would continue to boost joint security efforts in the Mediterranean and North Africa and would focus on "the urgent need to protect our nations from terrorism and uncontrolled migration". We can have border security without bullying.
This declaration sets up a clash between the White House and Republican congressional leadership following meetings between the president, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in which the Trump was lobbied to leave immigration out of the spending fight. "Even worse are the stories we heard about that bad separations and the bad conditions in which they were held".
Mr. Trump supports a plan to avert a shutdown before the election by passing some less-controversial spending bills and a short-term patch that would keep the rest of the government running, the administration official said.
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 US borders.
And Democrats don't want to give any kind of down payment for the border wall without a guarantee for Dreamers, the illegal immigrants who came to the country as children.
"I'll meet with anyone", the president replied.
This idea has landed with a resounding thud among Congressional Republicans, virtually all of whom recognize that an unpopular shutdown - triggered by the party in power, just before an election - would erect yet another hard hurdle to maintaining the GOP majorities.
Last week, McConnell said on a radio show in his home state of Kentucky that a government shutdown is "not going to happen".
"I think that's a no-win for both parties", he said. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, told Carla Provost, acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, that wristbands used to track children at Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants worked better than the government's system.
Grassley and the top Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein of California, had issued a statement Monday citing allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse made against Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Health and Human Services workers.
In another tweet on the subject Sunday, Trump wrote: "Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes".