Amidst the partial government shutdown we are now heading into the second week with no resolution in sight. President has Trump once again vowed to close the southern border in a series of tweets on Friday.
The U.S.-Mexico wall has become a major controversy in the past few weeks. With neither Republican or Democrat parties nearing to a conclusion, all hopes for a border wall seem near impossible with no resolution on both ends.
Officially, congress returned to session on Thursday, and we have now entered the 7th day of the on-going partial government shutdown over funding for a border wall.
President Trump is standing firm saying, “We will do whatever it takes to build the border wall”. The government shutdown will continue until Trumps $5.7 billion price tag is met. Democrats have rejected that figure and instead counter offered $1.3 billion towards border security. Senator Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have refused any more offers towards building the wall.
With no bipartisan cooperation on the border wall, the shutdown is expected to drag on to the New Year after the House and Senate adjourn next week. There is a possibility that negotiations will continue January 3rd, when Democrats assume the House majority and yet another vote will be taken place.
There has been little discussion between the White House and Democrats in recent days, yet President Trump stands by his promise that he will do “whatever it takes” to resolve the issue and find a compromise with Democrats.
It is now up to democrats to break the ice and come to an agreement that we need border security. It is presumed by a spokesman for house minority leader Nancy Pelosi that Democrats’ are likely to put a bill that funds the government without aiding any funds for the border wall.
If all else fails, Trump tweeted he will “Close the southern border entirely” If congress will not fund a border wall between the US and Mexico. President Trump also claimed that “The United States looses soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a ‘profit making operation.’ We build a wall or close the Southern Border.”
With no agreement breaking through on the border wall, negotiations are likely to continue on to 2019.