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Trump Is Promising A Government Shutdown If He Doesn’t Get His Border Wall Funding

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President Donald Trump has been demanding border wall funding since his presidential campaign. Now, he is threatening another government shut down if he doesn’t get the funding he wants. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi jabbed with President Trump asking him if the possibility of a shutdown is an option if no legislative work towards border wall funding is pushed through. The President didn’t hesitate to say he would be “proud” to shut down parts of the government if it results in a border wall.

Congress is looking at another partial government shutdown deadline on December 21, and the hold-up is over Trump’s southern border wall.

President Trump wants $5 billion in funding for the wall but Democrats don’t want to budge on the $1.3 billion currently being allocated for border security funding. The proposed plan Pelosi and Schumer presented to the president didn’t include the $5 billion Trump has requested. Pelosi asserted that the House couldn’t pass any bill which includes $5 billion for border wall funding. This could all be leading to a showdown between Democrats and President Trump who may be forced to compromise a deal to avoid a government shutdown.

“I will be the one to shut it down,” Trump said to reporters. “I will take the mantle of shutting it down … I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”

This isn’t the first time the President has threatened a government shutdown over funding for his long-promised border wall, a signature campaign issue. He previously made statements claiming that “Mexico will pay for the wall,” but recently conceded that isn’t necessarily the case anymore.

According to a recent national poll, Americans would prefer to see the president compromise a deal to prevent a shutdown.

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The poll, conducted by NPR, shows the majority of Americans — 57 percent to 36 percent — think the president should compromise on the wall to avoid a government shutdown. Most Americans oppose having a government shutdown over a wall and more than two-thirds (69 percent) don’t believe building a wall should even be a concern for Congress.

Irene Bloemraad, an immigration expert at UC Berkeley, says the average American could care less about a wall let alone spending $5 billion on it. She says social sciences evidence shows there’s no need for a wall and having one wouldn’t do much in terms of stopping people from entering the U.S.

“You can make the argument that using 5 billion to build a wall is a waste of money. This isn’t a conservative or progressive issue, it’s an American issue that either side can argue a better use for that money,” Bloemraad said. “Democrats can argue they money should be spent on education and Republicans on tax cuts, either way there’s more important needs right now.”

So why does President Trump keep calling for a wall if most Americans don’t want it and there isn’t the money for it?

The difference in the $1.3 billion in wall funding President Trump already has and the $5 billion in funding he’s asking for is $3.7 billion, which is nothing in the context of the $4 trillion federal budget. According to Vox, the $5 billion in funding Trump is asking for isn’t enough for a border wall. Estimates of the entire wall cost have ranged from $20 billion to $70 billion. That would mean an even bigger question mark on the reality of a border wall ever happening.

Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science at University of California, Irvine, says this all posturing by the President to please his base and make the border wall a hot topic issue heading into next week. DeSipio notes the President has done this before in his Presidency including right before the midterm elections last month.

“It a bunch of posturing by the President and it’s nothing new. He’s done it throughout his term and is using the border wall as a crutch against Democrats to make it look like they don’t want a safe border,” DeSipio said. ” But that can’t be anymore further from the truth.”

The big question next is will all this lead to a compromise between Democrats and the President to avoid a government shutdown?

With less than two weeks to go until the current round of government funding is set to expire, a deal is necessary to avoid a government shutdown. But who has the leverage here, Democrats or President Trump? Neither, according to DeSipio, who says Republicans have a lot of power here since they still have the majority in the House and Senate until the new year begins. He says that the president doesn’t have all the Republican votes yet and some don’t support that much spending on the wall, so in order to pass a new spending bill, he’d need all of their votes.

“This all might go down to the wire in terms of timing but there’s a reason why the President is doing this right now,” DiSipio says. “That’s because if there is a government shutdown the most ideal time would be during the holidays when not many government people are working.”

Bloemraad and DeSipio both agree that a compromise will happen to avoid a shutdown and that means Democrats supporting some funding for more fencing and border repairing but nothing serious like a border wall.

“The issue of immigration is the most consistent issue Trump has run on but it’s also been largely ineffective and the nation is very divided on this,” Bloemraad says. “Having a divided House of Representatives and Senate means trouble for the President and the border wall might have to be put on hold.”


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People Are Already Excited Julian Castro Announced That He Is Considering Running For President

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People Are Already Excited Julian Castro Announced That He Is Considering Running For President

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We’re two years out until the 2020 presidential election, and there’s already much anticipation over who’s going to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.

Despite losing their midterm elections, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum are already two strong contenders for the upcoming presidential election. For further proof that these two may be in the running, look no further to separate meetings with former President Barack Obama. However, it looks like Obama may need to schedule a meeting with an old friend from the White House.

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced he is looking into running for president in 2020.

“I’ve spent the past several years traveling around America and listening to people’s concerns — mothers from Arizona, college students in Iowa, teachers in Florida,” Castro, who is also the former mayor of San Antonio, said in a video. “It doesn’t matter where we come from, we want the same things, we want to do right by our families, we want America to keep its promises. Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness…That’s why I am exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.”

Castro also discussed some of the key issues concerning the country including border security. He said that he believes in having a strong border presence and also treating undocumented people with respect.

So who is Julian Castro? Check out his impressive résumé.

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  • In 2001, he became the youngest city councilman elected in San Antonio history at 26 years old.
  • In 2009, he was elected mayor of San Antonio and was re-elected in 2011 and 2013.
  • In 2012, he gained national attention for being the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
  • In 2014, Obama asked him to be the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served until 2017.
  • It’s also important to mention that his twin brother Joaquín Castro is currently a U.S. Representative, and his parents are both Chicano activists. He is also married to a school teacher and has two kids.

So what are people saying about this possible run, which could lead to the first Latino president?

He hasn’t even started his campaign and people are already lining up to join his team. That’s what you call excitement.

He’s getting high praise from popular social justice advocates.

Castro certainly has the leadership experience and name recognition needed to get people interested.

People understand he’s a strong candidate.

Our politics are saturated with issues and moments that impact and highlight the lives of the Latino community. A Latino presidential candidate would further prove the importance of one of the fastest growing communities in the country.

Congresswoman-elect Veronica Esobar understands what Castro can bring to the table.

Newly elected politicians see a future in Castro and his leadership. We are witnessing a change in the two major parties in the U.S. and Castro’s bold stances could be what the Democratic party is looking for.

Some have been following his political career for years.

Timing is always crucial in running for any office. While so many wanted Castro in 2016, now could be his time to shine.

He’s always been fighting for the entire country.

While his focus may have been in Texas, working under Obama certainly taught him a lot. It was his first experience making decisions that impacted the American people as a whole.

Representing the Latino community will be important in the 2020 presidential race.

“I’m also very mindful, especially now for the Latino community, that there’s a particular meaning to my candidacy,” Castro said, according to the Huffington Post. “We can’t go through the 2020 cycle with nobody on that stage because of what’s happened over the last couple of years.”


READ: Will We Have A Latino Vice President Or Nah?

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