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

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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The President Tried Making Vulgarity Mainstream With An Attack Against Mitt Romney But Ana Navarro Had Time To Play

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The President Tried Making Vulgarity Mainstream With An Attack Against Mitt Romney But Ana Navarro Had Time To Play

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Ana Navarro has been one of the most vocal Republican opponents of President Trump since he announced his campaign in 2015. The Nicaragua-born political analyst does not mince words when she takes the president to task. Her latest takedown of Trump went right to the heart of his most sensitive feature: his hair.

President Trump followed his usual strategy when calling out people he doesn’t like by tweeting about them.

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Utah Senator Mitt Romney is one Republican who has offered some pushback against Trump and his administration. Sen. Romney recently spoke out about the impeachment inquiry saying that Trump’s calls to Ukraine and China were “wrong and appalling.”

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry after a call with the Ukrainian president revealed that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The transcript released by the White House showed that the president asked the Ukrainian government to directly interfere with the 2020 elections.

Sen. Romney has been vocal about Trump’s negative impact on the U.S.’s place in the world.

In 2016, before Trump was elected president, Sen. Romney called out all of the shortcomings of Trump if he were to become president. His unapologetic and pointed takedowns of Trump are timeless.

Trump’s vulgarity and attack in the tweet are catching a lot of people’s attention.

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People are concerned that the actions of the president show a troubling trend. Trump has received backlash in the past for demanding loyalty from people in his administration. Criticism for the loyalty demands was warranted since people should be loyal to the Constitution and the country’s future.

Expert tweeter and renowned Trump critic took a moment to call Trump out.

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Navarro has never shied away from going after President Trump when he oversteps his boundaries and acts unpresidential. Her rebuttal against Trump is a fitting response to the president who takes the low road and uses vulgarity when attacking and nicknaming political opponents.

People added to Navarro’s list to show the other things Sen. Romney will have over Trump.

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Trump’s financial superiority has been a source of a lot of questions and controversy. Since he has refused to release his tax returns, there is a lot of speculation about his actual finances. However, one thing has been proven, he didn’t do well with the money his father gave him. Had Trump properly invested the money his father gave to him, he would be richer now that he claims to be.

Though, the hair comment made many Twitter users lol on her thread.

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Trump critics and dissenters have long focused on the president’s hair. His hair was such a focus during the 2016 election that Jimmy Fallon invited Trump on the show to humanize him by tossing it.

Some even took the time to share stories they have heard about the Romneys.

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This one cuts pretty deep. Latino families are notorious for wanting to be the best family so just imagine someone telling your mom or dad this kind of story to make them question you as a family. Woah.

However, there are people who are calling out Romney and the ways they consider him to be a wishy-washy person.

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What do you think about the president and his attack on Mitt Romney?

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She Is A Former Undocumented Immigrant And Now She’s Running For Congress As A Republican Who Wants To Build Trump’s Wall

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She Is A Former Undocumented Immigrant And Now She’s Running For Congress As A Republican Who Wants To Build Trump’s Wall

Whittney Williams, a young Taiwanese Republican and formerly undocumented immigrant supports Donald Trump’s immigration policy and is running for Congress in Michigan. Despite living in the United States without her papers for 16 years, she is happy to throw Latinxs under the bus or into alligator-infested moats to score political points with a racist constituency that likely would never vote for an Asian American.

As of 2019, there are only 13 Asian-Americans in Congress and three on the Senate — all of them are Democrats. Asian American representation is sorely lacking in the American political system, but is Williams the person best suited to advocate for their interests? That’s not up for me to decide. However, her stance on immigration ain’t it. 

There are currently 102 women serving in congress out of 435 congresspeople. Guess how many of those women are republicans: 13 out of 102

The Republican Party has been pursuing legislation that many consider racist and sexist. When you align with them as a woman of color they don’t suddenly start to align with your politics, rather they expect you to align with theirs which means possibly supporting racist, sexist, and xenophobic policies.

Williams talks about how difficult it was growing up undocumented but her policy positions will make life for currently undocumented immigrants even more difficult.

“I was brought to America from Taiwan as a 10-year-old girl without knowing a word of English,” Williams says in a campaign ad. “My family overstayed their visas, and as a result, I spent the next 16 years living in the shadows as an illegal immigrant.” 

Williams was undocumented against her will like many children are. Her parents entered the United States using tourist visas in 1992, but stayed long after the visas expired. Williams did not acquire U.S. citizenship until 2013 after getting married. 

“If someone knew (about your immigration status), if you told somebody, they could take advantage of you. It’s a constant fear. And you’re constantly told, ‘Oh, you’re an illegal immigrant,’ not, you know, human. That takes a toll on you as you hear that constantly,” she said on MLive. 

Wow, sounds terrible I guess we should punish everyone in similar situations because reasons… 

Williams wants to “stop the flow” of immigrants. 

Williams wants to curtail immigration in the U.S. and believes building a wall on the southern border would “stop the flow” of migrants. 

“When you look at a problem, of course, you want to stop it first, so you can resolve what’s in here, because if you keep having this flow … this number here is just going to get bigger and bigger,” she told MLive.

The United States is not so densely populated that it can’t afford more immigrants. In fact, immigrants are necessary for our labor force due to low birth rates. So far, Trump’s wall has cost taxpayers $6.2 billion and only 60 miles, of the 2000-mile border, have had their pre-existing fences built. That money can’t go to immigrants? Trump’s trip to play golf have cost taxpayers $340 million. That money can’t go to immigrants? Immigrants are not a burden on our society and these GOP morons need to stop touting this inaccurate talking point. 

You want to stop immigration, then the U.S. needs to support folks in other countries so they don’t have to flee. Few politicians so much as mention this besides Julian Castro who proposed a Marshall Plan in Central America — oh, and he’s a Democrat by the way. 

A broken clock is right twice a day. Williams says Democrats don’t do enough for immigrants. 

Williams says Democrats don’t go far enough on immigration — and I agree. The Obama administration deported more immigrants than any other administration. That will always be a blemish on his and the Democrat’s legacy. 

 “Politicians knew of us: They called us ‘Dreamers,’ and quite frankly, used us as political props for their own personal gain,” she said. 

Yes, the Democratic party likes to trot out immigrants and other marginalized people for political clout but rarely listens to us — but that is not the point. While the Democratic party is imperfect, it is a false equivalency to suggest they are pursuing policies that throw children in cages and would suggest shooting migrants in the legs.

The Democratic party is changing, it has hope to be reformed. We have A.O.C., Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Deb Haaland, and an ever-evolving coalition of people of color and immigrants, indigenous folk, and women who are fighting institutionalists with us and for us right now.

Meanwhile, the Republican party just announced it would be stealing DNA from detained immigrants and entering it into a criminal database. Williams, whose side are you really on?