As lawmakers meet to negotiate border wall funding before the three-week spending agreement that ended the partial government shutdown runs out, President Trump took aim at Democrats over border security, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump tweeted: “The Democrats just don’t seem to want Border Security. They are fighting Border Agents recommendations. If you believe news reports, they are not offering much for the Wall. They look to be making this a campaign issue. The Wall will get built one way or the other!”
Trump and congressional Democrats’ fight over border security funding led to the 35-day partial government shutdown that left 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck, either furloughed or working without pay, from Dec. 22.
Democrats have offered very little in the way of border security and an alarming number of them want to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to USA Today, there are a range of opinions within the Democratic caucus on immigration, from moderates who favor tighter security measures to progressives who want to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But they disagree with Trump that the situation at the border is a crisis.
In a Tuesday meeting with reporters, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said securing the border has been a challenge for decades but “there is no crisis.”
“There is no invasion. There is no clear and present danger as the president would try to convey to the American people, to scare them and justify actions otherwise not justifiable,’’ Hoyer said.
But what do you call thousands of invading hordes rushing the borders? Some with violent criminal records in their own countries. Others, with violent criminal records inside the United State.
The Hill reported that a group of Democratic lawmakers toured the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday and called for more resources to process people who enter the country amid negotiations over border security funding.