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The Democrats Are Trying To Use A Government Shutdown To Defeat Republican Senators And Congressmen In The November Mid-term Elections: Will It Work?

ArmchairPolitiicianGovernmentShutdown, January 25, 2018, by Brad Peery,

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A short government shutdown was avoided in late January, 2018 by the Democrats accepting that they could lose by shutting down the government to protect illegal immigrants, so-called Dreamers, while cutting off funding for the U.S. government and the U.S. military. A deadline of February 8, 2018 was set to complete a U.S. budget, and work out an immigration plan.

President Trump wants four immigration elements in the plan. They include:
• Funding needs to be provided for a southern wall along the Mexican border that could provide about $18 billion of guaranteed funding;
• The Dreamers would be allowed to remain in the U.S.
• Chain migration in the Visa program would need to end; and
• The Visa program would need to be revised to give preference to immigrants that share U.S. goals and contribute to U.S. wellbeing.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion
If the immigration problem can be solved, it will be a major achievement. If an agreement is not reached by February 8, 2018, the Republicans have promised that an immigration bill will be undertaken immediately.

Completing the budget, including providing for increased military spending, could be a major achievement. However, the Democrats will push for increased non-military spending, while the Trump administration is seeking to shrink the size of the military.

Senator Chuck Schumer has changed his mind on including funding for the border wall in the immigration bill.

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