The Mexico border crisis remains on the peak for the Trump administration, which has always strongly stood against immigration, as it strives to construct a wall along the south boundary. On Sunday, the White House pushed its demand for construction of the Mexico border wall to impede illegal immigration, even if it calls for a partial government shutdown later this week.
A key immigration adviser to President Donald Trump, Stephen Miller stated, “We will do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of immigration.”
To a question if that included having a shutdown of about 25 per cent of the US government when funding for the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies expires at midnight Friday, Miller answered, “If it comes to it, absolutely.”
Trump and congressional Democrats have been locked in a dispute over border security, indicating a possible partial government shutdown is a week away. While there is still time to prevent a shutdown, the two sides have not been able to reach an agreement to keep the government open.
According to the media reports, the funding will expire for a number of key government agencies on December 21 at midnight.
Trump has demanded for $5 billion to jump-start construction of a Mexico border wall covering an area of 3,200-kilometer, and could cost more than $20 billion. Last week, the president said he would proudly own a shutdown if Democrats continue to refuse his demand.
Democrats have issued $1.3 billion for enhanced border security, the same amount as this year. However, no money was specifically offered for a wall.
During the campaign for his 2016 run for the White House, Donald Trump vowed to build the border wall and to make Mexico pay for it. As the neighbor in the south unwaveringly opposed to paying it, Trump has asked Congress for US taxpayer funding. However, he faced a uniform scorn from Democrats, and some Republican opposition as well.
Miller called the dispute over wall funding, “a very fundamental issue.”
“At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country. Whether or not we can establish and enforce rules for entrance into our country,” he said.
Miller opposed, “The Democrat party has a simple choice, they can either choose to fight for America’s working class or to promote illegal immigration. You can’t do both.”
Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer had argued with Trump over the Mexico border wall, along with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, at a White House meeting last week. He said, “He is not going to get the wall in any form.”
Some Republicans have suggested Trump that if more money for other forms of security along the border is approved, the impasse over the Mexico border wall funding could be averted. However, Trump is yet to say whether that would be acceptable.
The possibility for a shutdown is much higher, since both the parties are stuck with their respective outlook. While Trump administration remains intact to its anti-immigration policies, the Democrats are not ready to fund their ideologies. It is yet to be seen how the disputes will unfold.