I might be mis-remembering, but I thought one of Trump's major campaign promises was the he would force the Mexican Government to pay for the wall.You are right. Mexico is not paying for the wall, but we did get some major concessions. Like this one below.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/us/p ... rants.html
One of the biggest immigration scams are illegals claiming refugee status and then let free in the US and never returning for their asylum court cases. Now they have to wait in Mexico for their court cases to be heard. That is a really big deal. I think we got Mexico to do this because we just gave them several billion to secure their southern border from Central America.
It’s always enjoyable watching you wriggling on a hook Foota.
The United States has rejected its obligations under the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and the subsequent 1967 protocol.
The U.S. has unilaterally decided to treat refugees (those claiming political asylum) as illegal immigrants.
That is all.
And because the U.S. refuses to admit refugees whilst it considers their asylum application, those refugees have no alternative but to wait in Mexico.
This is not a deal that the U.S. has brokered with the Mexican Government, in exchange for not requiring Mexico to pay for the wall.
Trump told his supporters that he would get the Mexican Government to pay for his wall: the Mexican Government just laughed at him.
Trump tried for two years to get a Republican Congress to pay for his wall: they just laughed at him too.
So now he tacks the spending requirement onto the first Appropriations Bill the new Congress is supposed to pass in January…
(‘cos, you know, the 116th U.S. Congress
doesn’t convene for the first time until 3rd January, 2019…)
It’s not that it’s a political tactic aimed at deflecting criticism away from the Trump Administration: it’s that it is a *CHEAP* tactic, that isn’t fooling anyone except Trump’s most ardent supporters.
I think he also ran on the populist Reagan line, that "Government *IS* the problem."Technically, it is the Senate Democrats threatening to shut down the government over a measly $5 Billion on the wall. The funding passed the House and Trump will sign it. We just need the Senate to pass it. But the minority power Democrats have enough votes to block it. So they are the ones playing politics with the shut down.
But now he is threatening a Government shutdown, unless the U.S. Government pays for the wall.
But it is *ACTUALLY* President Trump attaching the “measly $5 billion” to the appropriations bill that has caused the shutdown though, isn’t it?
If Trump hadn’t tacked on the $5 billion for his wall, Congress would pass the bill, right?
Why didn't the Republican Congress authorise this expenditure Foota?There are a lot of Chamber of Commerce Republicans who are still backwards on immigration. That said, Republicans passed some expenditures for border security, but Republicans still didn't have the 60 votes in the Senate to get it done with Democrats blocking it.
Most Republicans would run and shriek at the notion of a shut down over Christmas. But Trump is crazy enough to stare them down. We'll see where it goes.
Still wriggling I see…
So I think what you are saying is there are not enough elected politicians in the US Congress – elected to represent the views of US Citizens – to approve the funding for the Wall… And there hasn’t been since Trump became President.
So why would Trump attach a spending item to a critically important spending bill, if he knows for a fact that Democrats *AND* Republicans in the House and Senate will reject it?
Trump *KNEW* that was going to be the outcome, when *HE* decided to attach the Wall funding item.
Who’s fault is the shutdown?