On Saturday, US President Donald Trump warned to shut down the federal government this September if Congress failed to provide additional funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
During a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan, Trump said: “That wall has started, we have 1.6 billion (dollars).”
He added: “We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security we will have no choice, we will close down the country because we need border security.”
The US President made a similar warning last March to urge for changes in the immigration law that he says would stop criminals from entering the nation. The government of the US temporarily shut down last January over immigration.
A spending bill amounting to $1.3 trillion, which was signed by Trump last month, will maintain the government funded until the end of September. A shutdown of the government before the mid-elections this coming November is not likely to be supported by his fellow Republicans who are eager to maintain control of the U.S. Congress.
Trump mentioned the hundreds of migrants from Central America who are travelling in a “caravan” as an example of the reasons for a strong border security.
Trump stated: “Watch the caravan, watch how sad and terrible it is, including for those people and the crime that they inflict on themselves and that others inflict on them.”
He continued: “It’s a horrible dangerous journey for them and they come up because they know once they can get here they can walk right into our country.”
The migrants include women and children. They have said that they escaped their homes in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala due to the murder of family members, political persecution, or death threats from gangs.