Trump claims illegal immigration is costing the U.S. $200 billion a year as he chases a deal with Democrats that funds his border wall and avoids a government shutdown

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

Trump needled the other side as the calendar moved one day closer to a fissure that would see parts of the government closed down on Friday
An expected 380,000 federal workers could be furloughed over the Christmas holiday as 420,000 or so work on the promise of payment
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said the administration will shut down the government if President Trump doesn’t get his border wall funded
‘We’re going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,’ Miller said Sunday on CBS
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump needs to stop throwing a ‘temper tantrum’ and reiterated that his options do not include a wall
Without a compromise 25 percent of the federal government will shut down late Friday night just as the clock strikes midnight

18 December 2018

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday as he continued to press for votes for his border wall that illegal immigration is costing the U.S. $200 billion a year.

He has previously claimed that it costs as much as $250 billion a year, and his border wall would pay for itself in one to two months, if only Democrats would fund it.

That claim has been evaluated by factcheckers who say the estimated costs, based on existing studies, is actually much lower. At most, a 2017 study found it to be around $135 billion.

But Trump again said, without providing evidence, on Tuesday: ‘Illegal immigration costs the United States more than 200 Billion Dollars a year. How was this allowed to happen?’

The White House must come to an agreement with Democrats on border security by Friday or parts of the government will shut down. Advisers to the president were confident that a deal would be made in time and stressed that a shutdown is not preferable.

But as of Tuesday morning, they had nothing to offer, aside from Trump’s demand that any spending bill appropriate $5 billion to the border wall.

Sen. Mike Rounds, the author of a bill that had majority support last year to fund Trump’s border wall, said that Democrats should be willing to back legislation again that gives the president $2.5 billion annually for 10 years for his wall and other border security measures.

Rounds’ bipartisan bill, co-authored by Sen. Angus King, gave legal status to illegal immigrant children in exchange for the $25 billion for Trump’s wall.

That bill failed in the Senate after Trump lobbied against it. He called it a ‘giant amnesty’ for illegal immigrants.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the president would be willing to support a bill that includes a provision like that after Rounds appeared on Fox News shortly before her.

Rounds had warned the White House that Democrats are becoming more dug in by the day.

‘The sooner we get this thing done the better off we are,’ he’d said.

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