US's Senate will Give the Decision on the Government Shutdown on Thursday (01/24) - Photo by White House Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The United States (US) Senate will give the decision on the Government shutdown on Thursday (01/24), the New York Times reported. So far, a month-long partial government shutdown has created 800,000 federal workers working without pay.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid the groundwork for a vote on a Democratic proposal to fund the government for three weeks, without attaching the US$5.7 billion in US-Mexico border wall funding demanded by President Donald Trump. The president has opposed similar legislation in the House of Representatives.

Previously, McConnell had said he would not consider a funding bill that Trump would refuse to sign. The Senate leader said he would also bring up for a Thursday’ vote a proposal by Trump to end the shutdown that includes border wall funding.

Otherwise, Trump considered to reopen his government after a month “shutdown” since Dec. 22, 2018, a longest in the country history. He also plans to solve the decades old problem of border security in his country.

Therefore, he assigned the negotiation team who work with Republicans and Democrats to find a compromise to reopen the government while providing border security.

The impact of Trump’s shutdown will be even worse, although it is too early to calculate economic losses. Some economist projects a shutdown will reduce 10 percent of US’ GDP in the first quarter of 2019, and even the White House acknowledges, the impact will be worse than previously thought, according to the report.

Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi expects the shutdown will reduce first quarter real GDP growth by around 0.5 percent. This shutdown, which caused 800,000 federal workers across US to get no salary, was the longest in American history and is now in its fifth week.

In the nation’s capital, where more than 20 million tourists usually visit has threatened tourism businesses that depend on government officials and the attractiveness of government monuments and museums.

In 2017, 22.8 million tourists visited Washington and spent $7.5 billion. It means, this early year, the US lose more of 31.5 percent from border security budget ($5.7 billion) that proposed by Trump.

Trump insisted would not end the shutdown before getting approval to get funding for the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico. But, a poll released by Quinnipiac University showed 60 percent of citizens agreed with Democrats to open a government without having to grant Trump’s wishes.

In US history, shutdown rarely produces a victory. Instead, shutdown actually creates more new problems, makes people nervous and hurts civil servants. The shutdown is predicted to be able to cut around 500 thousand jobs growth in January 2019.

The plan to build a border wall is only a small problem from a budget perspective. However, this is a big symbol for both parties and what they are fighting for.

Furthermore, it would not solve all of US immigration challenges, despite Trump’ proposal would solve the immediate security and humanitarian crisis at southern border. Actually, America faces an immediate humanitarian crisis from unsecured border.

According to a 2017 Doctors without Borders Report, more than 30 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the border. The number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally has grown dramatically in recent months.

On past December, Border Patrol apprehended 32,284 families and unaccompanied children. Just six months prior, Border Patrol apprehended only 13,164 families and unaccompanied children.

The US government still faces serious immigration issues that need a permanent solution, including interior enforcement, asylum reform, work-site verification, 11 million peoples living in the country unlawfully, and moving toward a merit-based immigration system.

On Dec. 22, 2018, Trump decided to impose a shutdown in order to pressure US Parliament to approve the disbursement of the budget for the US-Mexico border wall. He asked the fund to build a steel barrier system, including embedded investments in technology and roads, on southern border in the priority areas cited by Border Patrol.

This is in addition to the more than 115 miles of barriers already built, replaced, or contracted under Trump. So far, as much as $800 million dollars in humanitarian assistance, medical support, and new temporary housing and $782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border agents, law enforcement officers, and staff.

The last, amount of $563 million to support immigration court system, including hiring 75 new immigration judge team to reduce the immigration court backlog of 800,000 cases.

As part of his willingness to reopen, Trump is proposing to grant provisional status to current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals covering 700,000 illegal migrans and Temporary Protected Status recipients providing 300,000 immigrants.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com

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