Trump to Congress threatening immigration changes: “let’s have a shutdown”
WASHINGTON DC — For the first time, a sitting US President is willing to shut down his own federal government, if Congress does not agree with his demanded changes in the US immigration law – changes, he said, that would prevent criminals such as the MS-13 from entering the US.
“If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown, we’ll do a shutdown…it’s worth it for our country, I do love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of,” said President Donald Trump.
But Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer say lawmakers are close to a deal to prevent another government shutdown.
“We’re making real progress on a spending deal that would increase the caps for both military and middle-class priorities on the domestic side, that Democrats have been fighting for,” says Schumer.
“I’m optimistic that very soon we’ll be able to reach an agreement on the immigration issue,” McConnell said. “Once we have established that the government is going to be open, which needs to happen by February the 8th, we will then go forward with an immigration debate.”
In his State of the Union address, Trump identified his administration’s priority – end chain migration by replacing it with a merit-based system, cancel the visa lottery program, and secure the border.
“We need the wall — going to get the wall. We don’t have the wall, we’re never going to solve this problem… and without the wall it’s not going to work.”
Filipinos in the northeast coast have mixed reactions with Trump’s proposed merit-based system to replace most family-based petitions.
Philippine ambassador to the US, Jose Manuel Romualdez, has this advice for the Filipino-American community:
“As President Duterte said, we have to respect laws in the United States, we can only do so much if you break the law in terms of immigration. We can only advise to either get a good lawyer or come back to the Philippines — work your way towards coming back here.”
The Philippine Consulate General in New York will be conducting a series of “Know Your Rights” seminars at the Philippine Center in the coming weeks, as immigration reform is debated in Congress.