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US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline

US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US congressional talks over a border security deal have stalled raising the chances of another government shutdown.Negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when the federal funding agreement runs out.They remain divided on how many undocumented immigrants can be detained and funding for President Trump's promised border wall with Mexico.The previous shutdown, lasting 35 days, was the longest in US history. Hundreds of thousands of workers were furloughed while others in essential services, such as hospital care, air traffic control and law enforcement, worked without pay.The cost to the US economy was estimated at $ 11bn (£8.5bn).It was ...
Arizona lawmaker pushes porn tax to pay for Trump's border wall

Arizona lawmaker pushes porn tax to pay for Trump's border wall

Finance
An Arizona legislator has proposed a way to fund a border wall: Charge internet users a tax for viewing pornography. Earlier this month, Arizona Republican state senator Gail Griffin proposed HB 2444. The legislation would require manufacturers and distributors of internet-connected devices to block people in the state from viewing adult content — unless those users pay a $ 20 tax. Revenue from the so-called porn tax would go toward building a border wall between Mexico and the Grand Canyon State, according to the text of the bill. President Don...
Trump wall: President addresses nation on border 'crisis'

Trump wall: President addresses nation on border 'crisis'

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has made his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, escalating a stand-off with Congress that has led to an 18-day partial government shutdown.Mr Trump insisted on funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall.However, he did not declare an emergency that would enable him to bypass the lower house of Congress now controlled by the opposition Democrats.Democratic leaders accused him of holding the American people hostage.The Republican president wants $ 5.7bn (£4.5bn) to build a steel barrier, which would deliver on his signature campaign pledge.But Democrats - who recently took control of the House of Representatives - are adamantly opposed to giving him the fu...
Trump threatens 'entire' closure of US border with Mexico

Trump threatens 'entire' closure of US border with Mexico

World
President Trump says he will close the US border with Mexico "entirely" if the "obstructionist Democrats" continue to oppose funding for the wall he wants to build between the two countries. In a series of angry tweets, he also criticised the "ridiculous immigration laws that our country is saddled with" and wrote that "Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money".In addition, he floated the idea of withdrawing from NAFTA, an agreement which led to free trade between the US, Canada and Mexico."Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs," he said."Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico. Either we build (finish) the wall or we close the border...