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Trump and the border wall security equals a govt shutdown
02. January 2019 at 09:16
This is the third time the Trump administration will be presiding over a shutdown in 2018.The first government shutdown began at midnight EST on Saturday, January 20, 2018, and ended on the evening of Monday, January 22. A second funding gap occurred on February 9, 2018.A third shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still ongoing which definitely may drag through the Christmas holiday
Friday midnight December 21 was a very long night for congressmen on both side of the aisle as they hurried-on to averting the doomsday. A very cold night at the capitol hill, yet the heat wave was constantly unbearable as the tension grew even high. Both within the congress floors and the corridors of the west wing, the momentum grew even mightier at the stake of events.

This is the third time the Trump administration will be presiding over a shutdown in 2018.The first government shutdown began at midnight EST on Saturday, January 20, 2018, and ended on the evening of Monday, January 22. A second funding gap occurred on February 9, 2018. Although the funding gap only lasted nine hours overnight and did not interrupt government functioning or services. Despite the quick recovery of this deadlock, it was largely regarded by the media as a second shutdown. A third shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still ongoing which definitely may drag through the Christmas holiday.

For president Trump, nothing short of a border wall funding will bring his rationality back to play. Also, for congressmen, a compromise would just have been enough to averting what many saw as the inevitable given the odds on the table. The white house was ready for a no retreat no surrender game plan as they seem to have gotten it all scripted out in a fashion similar to the Trump America.

"We're going to have a shutdown," Trump affirmed in a video message. "There's nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes. ... The shutdown, hopefully, will not last long."

With the events already set for a showdown, not even a Mitch McConnell or Chucks Schumer could save the day from the hurricane wind of Trump-ism. For president Trump, the battle line is drawn as there is no going back even if the hand of the clock is mechanically reversed. A decision has been made and so it must be followed to the latter even if it sounds ridiculously irrational. Indeed, all is always "good" when a Donald Trump conceives an idea in his white house full of screen actors ready to implement the script orchestrated by the CEO of the white house.

Donald Trump wants a border wall along the United States-Mexico border which according to the president would drastically stop the influx of illegal immigrant entering the United States through the southern hemisphere. This was a campaign slogan for the president during the 2016 presidential general election where he screamed vividly for the creation of a border wall security. Although, Donald Trump did not give a comprehensive analysis on the method of financing, he however noted infamously "Mexico will pay for the wall". The "How" and the "Why" has always been skipped as there seems not to be any concrete strategy geared towards the financing of this wall.

Mexico paying for a border wall in the United States! Ridiculous as these might seem, yet it became a gospel hugely accepted by both adherents and die-hard who obviously was basking in the euphoria of global populism as at that time. While right thinking Americans wondered aloud the rationale of meeting the impossible, die-hard gallantly sang songs of victory unto the campaign trail of Donald Trump.

The shutdown of the government officially went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning as the House and Senate adjourned on Saturday with negotiations stalled between the White House and congressional leaders over border wall funding.

The exact funding for the border wall is not precisely known in actuality, but the president is asking for a spending approval of 5 billion dollar which according to him will be a good start in actualizing his long day dream of mounting a border wall security along the US-Mexican border.

"We don't want people coming in that aren't supposed to be here," he said in the video Friday at the wee hour given great credence to his border wall request. "The only thing that is going to stop that is great border security. With a wall or a slat fence or whatever you want to call it. But we need a great barrier and if we don't have it, it's never going to work."

The president needs at least a clear on both side of the aisle to gain the 60-vote threshold for passage which automatically puts it on the president desk for immediate approval. But things has not gone his way given the hard stance of democrat congressmen who think the idea is wasteful and unproductive to the American people.Though, a few Republicans share similar opinion as they think money should be used on IT securities rather than go the extreme for a border wall which carries no economic importance.

Although, Democrats are considering a $1.6 billion in border security funding, but this might not go down well with the estimate request from the White House whose intents is to create a brand new border wall. According to the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, they and Trump would be willing to accept a deal with less than $5 billion in wall funding, if other conservative border security and immigration provisions were included.

This shutdown would leave a complete dysfunction of government operations which extends over to some other federal outstations and departments. Nine of fifteen federal departments viz; Homeland Security, State departments, Smithsonian,Transportation, NASA, Interior departments, Agriculture, and Justice departments will experience a hitch in their discharge of duties and functions. Majority of NASA employees will be on a leave of absence without pay. National parks will be slightly affected as some services will be on course while others remains closed.

As for the Agriculture departments, food inspection will still be on course but other essentials will be shutting down. Justice departments will most likely remain open and operational, Russia investigation will be on course.

State departments will be shutdown, though passports will be issued. Also, over 24,000 air traffic control staff, railroads inspectors will remain at their duty post. On a Similar note, president Trump, will have to sacrifice his Florida holiday trip as a burnt offering sacrifice for his border wall plea bargain showdown. No holidaying for the 45th president of the United States whose border wall idea has brought about this shutdown of government operations.

The US-Mexican border is an international crossing which separates both Mexico and the United States extending through the pacific in west to the Gulf of Mexico in the eastern pole. The U.S. states along the border, from west to east, are California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The Mexican states along the border are Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. It has been regarded as the most frequently crossed international boundary among other border points around the world. It has an approximate value of over 350 million legal. crossings taking place annually.
Cite This Article As: Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr. "Trump and the border wall security equals a govt shutdown ." International Youth Journal, 02. January 2019.

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