President Donald Trump placed the blame for a possible government shutdown on the Democrats if Congress cannot pass a funding bill.
“Several high-profile Democrats have threatened to vote against a spending bill if Congress does not address immigrants who may lose their protections to live and work in the U.S. due to Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA),” according to The Hill.
“It could happen. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country. They are looking at shutting down,” Trump said. “They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime. Tremendous amounts of crime."
“We don’t have to have that. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country. And we want people to coming into our country, but we want them to come on our basis," Trump continued.
Lawmakers are scrambling to pass a funding measure to keep the government open before the Dec. 8 shutdown deadline.
“I don't see a deal,” Trump said last week after Democratic Congressional leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi pulled out a White House Meeting.
Republican leadership has said they will not consider a DACA fix as part of a government funding package.
Trump elaborated on why he wants to secure the borders.
“I want people coming into our country but I want to vet those people. And I want to vet them very carefully because we don’t want to have a radical Islamic terrorism in this country and we don’t want to have crime in this country. You look at what just happened in San Francisco. That was a disgrace.”