Trump: Democrats want 'unchecked illegal immigration'

Trump: Democrats want 'unchecked illegal immigration'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE early Saturday charged that Democrats are at fault for the government shutdown because they want "unchecked illegal immigration."

“Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Can’t let that happen!”

The shutdown began at midnight after the Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded.

At the center of the spending bill negotiations has been the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump said last year he would rescind while providing lawmakers time to craft a legislative fix.

Both parties have tried to blame each other for the government closure. The Republican National Committee has promoted the hashtag #SchumerShutdown, referring to Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump knocks Schumer, touts North Korea summit in early morning tweet Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit MORE (D-N.Y.), while Democrats have placed blame on Trump with #TrumpShutdown.

Republicans warn that a government shutdown harms the military by disrupting funding. 

Democrats, meanwhile, claim that Republicans refused to strike a deal even when they offered to consider some of Trump's immigration-related proposals in exchange for protecting the so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

It is unclear which immigration proposals Trump is referring to in the tweet, although Trump's push to end family-based or "chain" immigration has also been a sticking point in negotiations.