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.

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  • Mario
    7 February 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Trump threatened to shutdown the government, because the Legislature, did not include his 1.8M DACA/DREAMER offer.ICE record shows, 690K applied for DACA,Trump added 1.2M called Dreamers.Reasons for Dreamers did not apply for DACA,(1)Expensive application fees, majority of the 690K DACA paid for a lawyer.(2)Dreamers are afraid to work with lawyers,they believed lawyers will report them to ICE for deportation, if they could not pay their fees in full.Trump 1.2M DREAMERS,can apply directly to DHS without legal fees. But, Asso of Lawyers are contributors for Dems Party & will never like that is bad business. Trump has no authority to extend DACA after expiration date on Mar 4, it is unconstitutional. If the DEMS will not honor the 1.8M offer of Trump mass deportation to follow after March 4.The Democrat and Pelosi even washed and kissed the foot of illegal alien, during Holy Week, 8yrs in power, they did not help or solve the illegal alien problem.How could you trust them. This time Trump made the offer 1.8M DACA… Dems just talk, talk, blaming Trump.The only solution to solve immigration reform is mid-term election.