Trump calls for immigration reform, terms current laws 'dumbest'

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The Wisconsin Republican pushed back on the president's proposal, saying he doesn't like "playing shutdown politics".

"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 said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" he tweeted.

The threat came one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told The Washington Post he was confident that Congress could avoid a shutdown in the fall. He said the border funding issue in particular would probably have to wait until after the elections. Now legislators are grappling with a far more hard question: what comes next?

President Donald Trump says that he is willing to shut down the government over funding for his long-promised border wall but that he'll "always leave room for negotiation". The president said he would be willing to shut down the government to force Democrats to comply with his wishes for changes in immigration policy, including a border wall.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Matthew Albence's claim that family detention centers were like "summer camps" was mocked, but he said families were there because they had "broken the law". Numerous children have been accused by immigration officials of belonging to MS-13 and other violent gangs, an activity Trump has used to justify his "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants caught entering the country without permission.

"The government is at fault for losing several hundred parents in the process, and that's where we go next is identifying and finding those parents who have been removed without children or who are in the interior and not presently located", Judge Dana Sabraw said.

As word got out about the family separations, Democrats and Republicans bashed the administration, which led to Trump signing an executive order to end family separations. The Senate remains in session and is set to take a one-week break the week of August 6, then returning for the rest of the month.

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Government funding expires at the end of September, and lawmakers in both parties have already worked to pass a series of piecemeal spending measures. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee chairman.

The defensive comments from Trump officials dumbfounded Democratic members of the committee, such as Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who charged that the Trump administration had created a situation at the border that was like a Kafka novel, suggesting that children's entertainment venue Chuck E. Cheese had a better system for preventing children from being separated from their parents than the USA government. "The president, I think, wants us to have policies that work for America and work for Americans, and I think that's what we are going to move forward with".

Because Trump's wall was funded during the current fiscal year, it would continue for the length of the extension. The Senate Appropriations Committee, she said, was making progress and working "closely" with the administration.

The two officials and the congressional aide spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations.

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

Two of the Rio Grande Valley's three members of Congress, Reps. Nita Lowey of NY and California's Lucille Roybal-Allard - called the $5 billion a waste that "only further enables this administration's obsession with cruel attacks on immigrants".

Grassley said Trump's crackdown on people illegally crossing the border from Mexico was well-intentioned but has had unintended consequences.

One official told the Senate Judiciary Committee that while the Trump administration was developing its immigration policies, Health and Human Services officials said they were anxious "about any policy which would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interests of the child".

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