He spoke even as Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate said they were closing in on an agreement that could dramatically raise spending levels for both military and domestic programs and ensure that the government will keep operating when temporary spending expires on Thursday. However, they eventually approved a short-term bill funding the government through February 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to work on an immigration deal.
"I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of", the President said.
"We're making real progress on a spending deal", he told reporters.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he'd "love to see a shutdown" of the federal government over immigration legislation if Congress can not close what Trump called "loopholes" in immigration laws that allow alleged gang members to enter the country and evade deportation.
"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats do not want safety, and unrelated but still related, they do not want to take care of our military, then shut it down", Trump said.
Kelly's comments come as lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to grant permanent legal protections to dreamers and resolve other aspects of the immigration system.
Trump tweeted Monday that the proposal is a "total waste of time" because it doesn't immediately authorize spending the billions to build new barriers along the border.
"We don't need a government shutdown on this", Republican Representative Barbara Comstock told Trump at the White House.
As the Washington Post noted this week, the bill now before the House would boost funding for the military but leave other departments and agencies "running on fumes until March".
Disagreement over immigration forced a three-day government shutdown in January.
"If we don't change the legislation, if we don't get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill".
Trump said last September that he was ending the DACA program, complaining that former President Barack Obama had overstepped his legal authority in creating it.
Citing a controversial poll from the right-wing news outlet the Daily Caller, Donald Trump claimed that 70 percent of the country wants an immigration deal that includes both DACA and funding for a border wall during an early morning tweet.
Democrats strongly oppose limiting legal immigration, and conservatives are against giving citizenship to DACA recipients.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that any bill that comes up for a vote in the House must have Trump's backing.
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