red-alert-FO-160x600(National Sentinel) Immigration Reform: President Donald J. Trump doubled down on an earlier threat to allow the government to shutter if the Republican-controlled Congress failed to send him a budget bill containing funding for his promised border wall.

Telling reporters on Monday he hoped it wouldn’t come to that, he was adamant nevertheless about getting the wall built.

“The wall is needed from the standpoint of security. the wall is needed from the standpoint of drugs — the tremendous drug scourge,” he said.

“We will build the wall and we will stop a lot of things including the drugs, the drugs are pouring in at levels nobody has ever seen. We will be able to stop them once the wall is up,” he said.

The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, which is killing more Americans annually than ever before. Some have likened it to a “modern plague.”

While many were overdosing on prescription opioids, they are now getting harder to come by, thanks to new regulations imposed by state and federal governments, as well as changes in prescription habits by practitioners. As such, many are turning to heroin because it’s cheap, easier to get than pot or crack in some places, and being smuggled in by the ton…from Mexico.

While Republican establishment figures aren’t particularly keen on Trump’s border wall, Democrats have all lined up against it, setting up a budget showdown.

“You need the wall to do the rest and you need the wall for the drugs. The drugs are a tremendous problem,” Trump told reporters. “It will greatly help with the drug problem and ultimately that’s a good thing with Mexico also.”

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