Trump Visits Texas amidst the Government Shutdown

Government shutdown

While the partial government shutdown has reached its 20th day, hundreds of thousands of federal workers in the States will not be paid on Friday as well. People are becoming impatient, but Donald Trump is steadfast on the border wall issue, threatening to sidestep Congress.

After storming out of the meeting with the congressional leaders, the President visited the US-Mexico border in an attempt to strengthen his case, on Thursday.

Before his departure for Texas, Trump tweeted, “The Opposition Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Border Security, but don’t want to give ‘Trump’ another one of many wins!”

Hours before visiting McAllen, Texas, the President had laid out a threat to sidestep the Congress and declare a national emergency to attain additional funding on the border wall, in his most explicit language. An emergency declaration would allow Trump to redirect defense money for the border wall.

“If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it – I would almost say definitely,” Trump said leaving the White House. “We have plenty of funds if there’s a national emergency.”

The dispute between the two sides over the border wall led to the partial government shutdown, when the Democrats denied granting Trump’s demand of $5.7 billion for wall funding. The growing acrimony this week between Trump and the Congressional Democrats over the border wall has escalated fears of ‘no-end’ to the impasse.

Reiterating his Oval Office address, the President in Texas, wearing a white “Make America Great Again” campaign hat, highlighted the growth in crime due to illegal immigration; a statement that the studies prove is false.

Speaking of the Democratic opposition on his proposed wall, Trump said, “They say it’s immoral…What’s immoral is all the killing that’s taking place.”

Later, the President arrived on the banks of the Rio Grande, after crossing a bank where the wall is proposed to be erected. 

Trump said, “They need a barrier”, adding that there would be “a lot of death” on the border if the wall will not be built.

While the country is under a severe impact of the government shutdown, a threat of a national emergency has also captivated the country. While the President continues taking irresponsible moves and decisions, people of the States have increasingly started to feel insecure in their own country.

Is illegal immigration a real threat to Americans, or is it President Trump’s border wall?


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