Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

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No problem to shut down government - Ireland

United States lawmakers assailed the Trump administration on Tuesday for its controversial border policy, as one immigration enforcement official pushed back against charges of abuse to say that family detention centres are like a "summer camp".

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday he disagrees with President Donald Trump's willingness to shut the government down over Trump's wishes for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch and Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"

The Trump administration has come under heavy criticism since the enforcement of its "zero tolerance" policy against immigrants entering the country illegally through Mexico, which was suspended last month after a fierce backlash, Efe reported.

Congress must pass a spending bill by the end of September to avert a government shutdown, and Trump on Monday reiterated his demand that immigration reforms, including $25 billion for construction of a wall on USA border with Mexico, be included in any spending package.

Mr Ryan said after the meeting: "The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done". "There's no question that separation of children from parents entails significant potential for traumatic psychological injury to the child", he added, shortly after. A combination of USA laws and a 1997 court settlement prevent children from staying in detention centers for more than 20 days, which prompted the Trump administration to separate the families.

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Congress has given the president some wall funding but far from the $25 billion he has requested.

The policy was partly meant to discourage future illegal immigration but has become a public relations nightmare for the Trump White House.

Past administrations generally operated under what President Trump has derided as a "catch and release" policy, briefly detaining family units before releasing them into the interior of the country with a promise to return for a hearing.

"These individuals have access to 24/7 food and water", said Matthew Albence, an agency official.

As word got out about the family separations, Democrats and Republicans bashed the administration, which led to Trump signing an executive order to end family separations. But GOP leaders are itching to avoid a shutdown starting October 1 - just five weeks before the midterm elections - and Trump himself wants to ensure smooth sailing for confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate will stay in session for most of August, except for a weeklong break scheduled to begin Aug. 6.

Trump didn't specify whether he wants to shut down the government by vetoing spending legislation when the fiscal year concludes at the end of September, or as several funding bills are considered later in the year.

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Congressman Steve Stivers, a Republican from OH, downplayed the possibility of a shutdown in a TV interview on Sunday, saying: "I think we're going to make sure we keep the government open".

Trump would be taking a political risk if he does allow most government functions to lapse on October 1 - the first day of the new budget year - roughly a month before the November 6 elections, when Republican control of both the House and Senate is at stake.

"I think we should just keep proceeding and doing our work", Collins said.

He says, "I would certainly be willing to close it down to get it done" but also says he has "no red line".

Both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and McConnell met with Trump last week to discuss funding the government.

Trump has asked for $25bn (£19bn) to build the wall. The Senate Appropriations Committee, she said, was making progress and working "closely" with the administration. Among the senators who defended the officials during the hearing was Republican Sen.

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