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Despite President Donald Trump's tweeted warning of a government shutdown in lieu of border security funding, Sen. Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!

In the Kentucky radio interview, Mr McConnell did acknowledge that the border funding issue probably would not be resolved until later this year, after the November election.

This weekend's tweet didn't mark the first time that President Trump has threatened a shutdown over his border wall, a major campaign promise of 2016.

"Border security includes the wall, but it includes many other things", Trump said.

Senators from both parties grilled Trump administration immigration officials Tuesday, demanding answers about the separation of immigrant families and reports of sexual harassment. In addition, he wants to end the practice of releasing immigrants caught entering the country illegally on the condition that they show up for court hearings.

"That's a hard question to answer, " said Jennifer Higgins, the associate director of refugee, asylum and global operations at US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Albence complained that the government was focusing on reunification because a judge was forcing the issue - sparking a sharp rebuke from Democrats for trying to deflect responsibility from the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy. The House adjourned for five weeks on Thursday while the Senate will only take one week off in August.

Congress is working toward a September 30 deadline to fund the federal government or risk shuttering agencies a month before the midterm election.

The prospect of President Trump's preemptive shutdown might prove damaging for Republicans in the midterm elections.

But in response to a question about whether his request for $25 billion for his proposed border wall is a "red line" in talks with Congress, Trump said he would "always leave room open for negotiation". With Congress likely needing to pass a short-term spending bill before the new fiscal year, aides have emphasized that Trump would get another opportunity to force a showdown with Democrats over the border wall during a lame-duck session. "The president, I think, wants us to have policies that work for America and work for Americans, and I think that's what we are going to move forward with". The Senate Appropriations Committee, she said, was making progress and working "closely" with the administration.

However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

Trump met at the White House last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he was disturbed by reports that parents were deported without their children without understanding paperwork they'd signed.

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Two leading Democrats - Reps. A federal court later ordered the families be reunited, but government officials have struggled to meet court-ordered deadlines because of problems tracking children and parents through the system, and concerns for the safety of the children in some cases.

After illegal border crossings increased in spring, the Trump administration launched a "zero tolerance" initiative that sent parents to courthouses for prosecutions to strip them of their children, whom the government placed in shelters.

McConnell says the Senate is taking steps toward "funding the government in a timely and orderly manner".

One official told the Senate Judiciary Committee that while the Trump administration was developing its immigration policies, Health and Human Services officials said they were anxious "about any policy which would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interests of the child".