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    Trump Reveals Price He's Ready to Pay for Border Security

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that shutting down the federal government is a small price to pay for border security.

    "I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown," Trump said in a Twitter message.

    As the president noted, the government shutdown was "a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!"

    READ MORE: Trump Wants Maximum Border Security Over Mexico's Murder Rate

    At a press conference on Monday and in a Twitter message on Sunday, Trump also said he would have no problem shutting down the government in order to get a deal on border security and stressed that he wanted money for a wall, as well the elimination of the visa lottery program, catch and release and chain migration.

    Earlier on Tuesday, media reports suggested Trump had backed off his call for a shutdown, and Congressional lawmakers said they did not believe a shutdown would happen before the midterm elections in November.

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