By Art Moore
With Democrats insisting that the House government-funding bill protect the 800,000 so-called “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. by illegal-alien parents, the federal government could shut down Saturday, President Trump warned Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting, Trump said Democrats “are really looking at something that is very dangerous for our country.”
“They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime. We want [immigrants] to come on our basis,” the president said.
Congress has until midnight Friday to approve a short-term spending bill that would avoid a partial shutdown. Republicans will need Democratic votes to pass the bill, because a supermajority of 60 votes is needed to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. A vote is expected Thursday on a two-week spending bill that would allow more time for more substantive discussions.
However, the conservative Freedom Caucus wants a separate defense spending bill alongside a second continuing resolution to fund the rest of the government, arguing short-term spending bills harm the military, the Hill reported.
Regarding immigration, Republicans insist that legislation accommodating Dreamers must include strong border-security measures.
In September, Trump canceled President Obama’s executive order delaying deportation for the Dreamers, giving Congress until March 2018 to pass a bill that addresses the issue.
Trump and Republican leaders have scheduled a meeting at the White House for Thursday with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss the spending bill.
Pelosi responded in a tweet to Trump’s comments blaming Democrats for the threat of a shutdown.
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