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Should Trump Shut Down The Gov’t Over His Border Wall?

He's right to tackle illegal immigration

The public doesn't want a shutdown

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Donald Trump’s immigration policies represent the will of the people; he is right to seek a government shutdown in the face of Democratic resistance, argues Ned Ryun of Fox News. The status quo is a highly permeable border that illegal immigrants still bypass with relative ease. Over the next two decades, around 7-8 million new people will enter the country because of chain migration. This huge influx of migrants will harm job prospects in the US and lower wages for everyone. Americans, already facing the threat of AI to their jobs, are rightly concerned about their futures. Trump’s wall is worth keeping this strong stance over.

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President Trump would probably regret shutting down the government over his border wall, infers Julian Zelizer of CNN. The majority of the country does not want such a shutdown. Trump very publicly taking ownership of the shutdown, if it is to happen, will make for very bad optics for the Republican party. It would almost certainly get the majority of the blame. This is representative of a larger problem that the party faces: as Trump’s support cracks among rising allegations about collusion and a plummeting stock market, the GOP needs to weigh distancing itself from him. Shutting down the government could have drastic political consequences.

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