WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump told Democratic leaders in a remarkable on-camera clash he would be "proud" to shut down the federal government if he doesn’t get the $5 billion he demands for a border wall with Mexico. “If we don’t get what we want ... we will shut down the government," Trump said during an exchange in the Oval Office with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Pelosi and Schumer gave as good as they got, telling Trump he lacks support for border wall funding – even while Republicans still control the House – and is irresponsible in threatening to halt the government over a project that would be ineffective at best. "You don't have the votes," Pelosi said. Trump wants $5 billion for a border wall as part of a government funding bill, contending the barrier would stop criminals and drug dealers from entering the country. … [Read more...] about Trump clashes with Pelosi, Schumer about border wall funding as government shutdown looms
Close loopholes Not a wall, says President Trump, but open steel slats. So, he wants to build a $5 billion ladder at the border. A ladder that can be climbed to cross into America. The openings – or holes – in his proposed wall just adds to the holes in our immigration laws. Holes that allow employers to hire illegal aliens, replace Americans and drive down salaries. The holes in our visa process allow foreigners to come in legally and then stay here illegally. H1-B and other foreign worker visas is another floodgate of low-paid employees who take jobs away from qualified American workers. Closing immigration loopholes would accomplish more for America than any wall that easily can be defeated. We need a ladder of success for Americans. Joy F. Sokeitous, Fort Myers More: We should rename Lee County commission, not bridges: your say Money back Living in the northwest Cape, we have been subjected to the UEP for over six months. Constant noise, … [Read more...] about Forget the border wall, close immigration loopholes: your say
Story highlights Republicans blocked a move to take up a measure on Trump's travel ban executive order (CNN)Senate Republicans blocked two moves by Democrats Monday to try to reverse President Donald Trump's controversial executive order restricting travel to the United States by Muslims and refugees. In a short exchange on the Senate floor, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer sought unanimous consent to begin debate on a bill authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, which would rescind the executive order. Schumer noted that several Republican senators had raised concerns with the order and how it was developed. "So let's repeal the order and then sit down and discuss a smart, thoughtful, effective way to counter terrorism," the New York senator said. Speaking for Republicans, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, objected. Read More In a second request, Schumer asked that until the travel restriction is lifted and until secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson … [Read more...] about GOP blocks Schumer moves to rescind Trump travel ban
Washington (CNN)Collectively, they've been trying -- without success -- to get Congress to pass immigration reform for more than 90 years. And none of them say they've given up hope. As the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other immigration priorities remains in limbo, a handful of veterans of the many iterations of immigration reform attempts over the last few decades spoke with CNN about why agreement has been so elusive -- and why they keep trying again. They represent voices all over the spectrum. Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is a Republican, the son of Cuban exiles and a perennial optimist in finding centrist immigration consensus. Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez is a Democrat of Puerto Rican descent who has long been the respected voice of the immigrant advocacy community in Congress. Greisa Martínez Rosas is a DACA recipient herself and advocacy director from one of the most prominent DACA advocacy groups, United We Dream. Dan Stein is … [Read more...] about ‘Painful,’ ’emotional’: Veterans of the immigration fight reflect on past failures
(CNN)Welp, that was fun. The meeting between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was one of the more fascinating things to watch in real time that most aides CNN spoke to Tuesday had ever seen -- including those who are usually in the room for such meetings. Why? Because of just how clearly all sides were playing for the cameras and audience by the time it was all said and done. It was political. It was base rallying. It was confrontation. It was pure, very public positioning for future talks on an issue where the impasse has been clear for more than two weeks. "It was lights, camera, action," was how one senior Democratic aide -- who was thrilled with results -- put it. Both sides are claiming a piece of post-theatrical victory, but make no mistake, even Republicans on Capitol Hill acknowledge the President seemingly walking right into saying -- and outright embracing -- the blame for a shutdown was a strategic error … [Read more...] about State of Play: Trump, Pelosi and Schumer met over border funding. Now what?