Trump says he's willing to shut down government over border security

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A briefing from the White House on the Trump administration's proposed immigration reform policy, issued in January, included a $25 billion "trust fund" for a border wall, and demands to "ensure" that "criminal aliens, gang members, violent offenders, and aggravated felons" are detained and removed.

Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall to deter illegal immigration and making Mexico pay for it. Mexico has refused, leading Trump to look to USA taxpayers to fund the endeavor instead, at least for now.

Officials from ICE and Health and Human Services said they keep records of migrants who have been detained and have documentation of parents who left the US without their children. However, the spending measure did not address immigration and Trump said at the time, "I will never sign another bill like this again".

He also launched an aggressive push for additional border security measures early this year which include United States dollars 25 billion toward construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Mr Trump has endured a series of setbacks in his efforts to tighten the USA immigration system and deliver on his election pledge to build a wall along the southern border. A funding fight also could prove a distraction from Republican efforts in the Senate to confirm Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by October 1.

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But the nominally Republican Congress has struggled to reach any consensus on funding the border wall and implementing other key items on Trump's immigration agenda.

Pressed as to whether he has a red line, Trump said no. But he's stressing the need for border security and overhauling the nation's legal immigration system.

President Donald Trump says he would have "no problem" with a potential government shutdown, saying at a news conference that "it's time we have border security".

Trump administration officials said Thursday that they had reunited all eligible children - a total of 1,442 - with their parents following a court order to do so. Still "he understands the political practicalities of having to put it off until after the election but it's coming in early November and early December". This has led Trump to demand that US taxpayers fund construction of the wall, claiming he would recoup the money from Mexico through other means. The House is now in a five-week recess, returning after Labor Day. He added that Trump's threats would not help lawmakers craft the necessary spending bills by a September 30 deadline "because we're trying to work together in a bipartisan way". The Senate remains in session and is set to go on break the week of August 6 before returning for the rest of the month.

The senators want the inspectors general for the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to investigate the abuse allegations immediately and to release any previous investigations into the charges. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP congressional aide who wasn't authorized to publicly talk about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump said the two leaders agree that "border security is national security - they are one in the same".