Trump's Border Wall Shutdown Means Border Security Workers are Missing Paychecks

Blanche Robertson
January 13, 2019

The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in the history of the United States when the clock ticked past midnight on Friday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, said most conservatives would go along with Trump's decision to declare a national emergency as "the last tool in the tool box" for building the wall.

The Washington Post, which tracks and tallies "false or misleading" claims by the president, reported that as of 10 January 2019, Trump has said Mexico would pay for a border wall 212 times during the campaign and since taking office. Earlier, Trump backed away from threats to declare a national emergency and build the wall with money appropriated from military, water management and disaster management funds, among other sources.

Meanwhile, some 800,000 federal employees, more than half still on the job, missed their first paycheque under a stoppage that tied a record for the longest government shutdown.

Though Trump has the ability to declare a national emergency, many believe such a transparent political ploy that has little to do with national security would be unlikely to hold up in court.

"I have the absolute right to call a national emergency". But on Friday the president changed his tune, telling reporters that his administration is not looking into the option right now.

"You know, I've always found my alone time to be some of my most productive", Cupp suggested.

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But there was another election, in November, and the effect of that is that Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give President Trump money for a wall.

Fight for the Future swiftly circulated a petition following Pelosi's speech, calling on Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Schuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) not to replace Trump's proposed wall - which critics say wouldfurther endanger migrant familiescoming to the USA - with a surveillance system that would threaten their right to be protected from unlawful search and seizure.

Federal union workers gathered in McAllen, Texas on Friday to demonstrate against the shutdown as the president arrived at the southern border. Thirteen per cent say both sides bear equal responsibility for the shutdown. "I am in the White House waiting for you!" he tweeted. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-law that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option.

"I'm not going to do it so fast", he said at a White House meeting. The person was unauthorized to discuss private sessions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Over the course of the past three weeks, the White House has left both Republicans and Democrats with the impression that the president isn't actually trying to negotiate. "This is a big diversion, and he's a master of diversion". You don't declare a national emergency and make taxpayers pay for the horse. Trump has made similar complaints regarding Puerto Rico, claiming in September that the Hurricane Maria death toll released by the Puerto Rican government was part of a Democratic conspiracy to make him look bad.

Some of Trump's fellow Republicans are warning against a disaster declaration, saying it would undercut Congress's power under the U.S. Constitution to control government spending - and make it easier for a future Democratic president to bypass Capitol Hill.

In the Democrats' weekly address, Representative Scott Peters, who represents a district in San Diego County, California, outlined border security measures such as radar and surveillance via drones, and said "let's re-open the government and talk about these ideas".

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