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White House: End shutdown with nuclear option

Published on Jan 21, 2018

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney responds to President Trump's tweet that called for Senate Republicans to employ the so-called "nuclear option" to end the government shutdown, which would require only a simple majority rather than the current 60-vote threshold.



总统川普在联邦政府关门第2天表示,若政府关闭僵局持续,共和党应考虑在参议院内动用所谓的“核选项”(Nuclear Option)。



Republican Press Conference On Government Shutdown 1/20/18


White House: No immigration negotiations until shutdown ends

Donald Trump is pictured. | Getty Images
President Donald Trump remains in Washington, after canceling plans to fly to his Florida residence Mar-a-Lago on Friday. | Ron Sach/Pool/Getty Images

White House: No immigration negotiations until shutdown ends

The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump would not make a deal with congressional Democrats on immigration until the government shutdown has ended.

"The president will not negotiate on immigration until Democrats stop playing games and reopen the government," the White House said, according to a pool report.

The White House added that Trump is receiving "regular updates" from the Capitol and has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday along with unnamed lawmakers and administration officials.

Some six hours after the federal government shut down began, Trump tweeted that the Democrats had given him a “nice present” on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.

“This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown,” he tweeted at 6:33 a.m. Saturday.

The president remains in Washington after most Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans late Friday night voted down a four-week extension of government funding, prompting a shutdown.

A furious blame game had pre-empted the fruitless negotiations to pass a short-term funding measure, which the president continued Saturday, tweeting: “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!”

He later tweeted: "For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60. That is why we need to win more Republicans in 2018 Election! We can then be even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans!"

The president returned to the immigration versus military theme again, writing: "Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!"

In a statement released shortly before midnight Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "Senate Democrats own the Schumer shutdown."

Trump was scheduled to fly to his Florida residence – Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach – on Friday afternoon, plans which were put on hold by the protracted negotiations and looming shutdown.

The president is scheduled to attend a high-dollar fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night to mark his first year as president. White House officials have said Trump won’t leave Washington until a spending bill is passed.



White House Considers Plan To Expand DHS Deportation Authority


The Trump administration is weighing a proposal to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expanded powers to deport illegal immigrants without first obtaining an order of removal from an immigration judge.

Under the new guidelines, immigration authorities could initiate deportation proceedings against illegal aliens anywhere in the U.S. that cannot prove they have lived in the country for more than 90 consecutive days, according to aninternal agency memo obtained by The Washington Post.

Current rules, implemented by the Bush administration in 2004, limit expedited deportation to illegal aliens that have been in the country for less than two weeks and that were apprehended within 100 miles of the border.

Administration officials confirmed that the revised guidelines are under review. The DHS memo was first delivered to the White House in May and agency officials are reviewing comments on the document from the Office of Management and Budget, reports WaPo.

“The potential changes would allow DHS to more efficiently use resources to remove persons who have been illegally present for relatively brief periods of time while still observing due-process requirements,” said DHS spokeswoman Joanne F. Talbot. She added that DHS Secretary John Kelly has not made a final decision to approve the proposed changes.

If adopted, the rules would give the DHS power to increase both the number and pace of deportations, a key component of President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement strategy. Trump sought to expand the use of expedited removals in a pair of January executive orders, rescinding Obama administration guidelines that limited deportation to illegal aliens convicted of serious criminal offenses. More recently, the U.S. has cut by nearly half the number of countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrants that the U.S. is trying to deport.

The DHS memo says greater expedited removal authority “will enhance national security and public safety” begin to clear the “historic backlogs” at U.S. immigration courts. The number of pending immigration hearings recently hit a record high of nearly 600,000, despite a recent surge of new judges, according to government data. (RELATED: Immigration Court Backlog Hits All-Time High)

Technically, the DHS proposal stops far short of legal limits on expedited deportations. In 1996, Congress authorized the procedure for any illegal alien that could not prove they had been physically present in the country two years before their arrest.

Talbot says the DHS memo simply recommends that the Trump administration avail itself of existing immigration enforcement authority.

“Anyone who is surprised that the administration is considering lawfully expanding the use of expedited removal has not been paying attention,” Talbot said. “The expansion you describe is explicitly allowed” under federal law.


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