Monday, December 17, 2018

President Trump Senior Adviser: We will ‘do whatever is necessary to build the border wall’

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White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said the Trump administration would “do whatever is necessary” to build its signature wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means shutting down the government.
“We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,” Miller, a well-known immigration hard-liner, said in an interview on CBS' “Face the Nation.”
Asked by interviewer Margaret Brennan whether that meant forcing a partial government shutdown, Miller replied, “If it comes to it, absolutely.”
Building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, and making Mexico pay for it, was a signature issue in President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Funding the wall is at the epicenter of a battle over funding a slew of federal agencies that will come to a head later this week.
Funding for numerous federal agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, runs out after Friday — though the majority of the government, including massive bureaucracies like the Defense Department, Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is already fully funded through next fall. Trump has demanded $5 billion for the wall as part of a deal to prevent a shutdown.
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