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11 February 2019, 16:03 GMT / Updated on 12 February 2019, 2:18 GMT

By Rebecca Shabad, Frank Thorp V, Alex Moe and Marianna Sotomayor

WASHINGTON – Congressional negotiators said on Monday night that they had reached an "agreement in principle" to finance border security and prevent another partial elimination of the government on Saturday.

Partnership and room officers from both parties who came out of an evening meeting would not comment on the details of the deal because they said the staff was still working on last-minute logistics. Nor would they say when they would release the text of the bill that they intended to present.

"We reached a principled agreement between all of us at the Ministry of Homeland Security and the other six bills," said Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Senate, R-Ala., Against reporters. "Our staff will work feverishly to bring all the details together, and we can not tell you more now."

The deal came in a third round of talks on Capitol Hill Monday after a weekend of stalled negotiations, and came just before a Make America Great Again meeting that President Donald Trump held in El Paso, Texas on Monday night.

Top Democratic listeners Rep. Nita Lowey from New York and Sen. Patrick Leahy from Vermont met their Republican counterparts behind closed doors, Rep. Kay Granger from Texas and Shelby.

During the weekend, a new bottleneck emerged in the negotiations: not the border wall, but the number of detention beds for undocumented immigrants entering the country.

"I hope we can get out later today or in the morning, because time is ticking away," said Shelby, who led the negotiations as part of the dual, two-chamber conference committee, said on "Fox News Sunday." "We have some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE, which is the detention of criminals entering the US and they want a ceiling for them, and we do not want to cap that."

"I think the next 24 hours are crucial," added Shelby during the interview on Sunday morning.

A senior democratic assistant told Good King News on Sunday that Republicans of the Senate would have to accept "limits" on Trump's immigration policy in the form of a limit on the number of beds: "A deal that includes new physical barriers must all have its limits. number of ICE prisons: if Senate Republicans do not make concessions to both, we can not make a deal. & # 39;

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said Monday that the Democrats' demand would be a "total non-starter with the White House.

"House Democrats decided to add poisoning to demand in the 11th hour. It is a new requirement. It is extreme: a harsh, legal restriction on the number of illegal immigrants that could be held by the federal government," he said. "This is a poison pill that no administration – not this one, not the previous one – should or should accept."

Democrats "do not want to give us the beds", President Donald Trump said Monday during a meeting in the White House with a group of sheriffs.

"These are people, they kidnap people, these are people who want to become the Democrats in our society, I do not think so," he said. "I do not know, maybe we are in a different country than I know."

Democrats say they no longer want detention beds because they think it is more humane to give asylum seekers and other immigrants the freedom to wait for their immigration procedures without criminal records.

In a letter to negotiators during the last round of talks in January, the White House's office for management and budget requested $ 4.2 billion for 52,000 beds, $ 798 million more than the current funding levels.

Democrats proposed a maximum of 16,500 detention beds.

"A ceiling for ICE prisons will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and those who pose real security threats, non-lawful immigrants who contribute to our country," says Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif. from the Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations and a member of the conference committee, said in a statement Sunday.

A cap on detention beds, said a Democratic Assistant to the House, also said that it would curb the Trump government's agenda on deportations.

The Chief of Staff of the White House, Mick Mulvaney, who received a number of members of the Congress at Camp David on the weekend, said on Good King News's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the White House "absolutely not" a failure from another government.

"Let's say the hard-core left wing of the Democratic Party has the upper hand in these negotiations and they place an account on the president's office with, say, zero money for the wall, or $ 800 million, a absurdly low number. " How does he draw that? ?" he said.

Republicans began to discuss the idea of ​​proposing a one-year continuation of the resolution that would keep funding at the current level, but it had not been clear that Democrats who would control the House would accept it, or that President Trump would sign.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the negotiations went badly. "The Democrats of the Border Committee behave suddenly irrationally, not only are they unwilling to give dollars for the clearly needed wall (they have surpassed the recommendations of Border Patrol experts), but they do not even want to take mules. [sic] in custody! What is happening?"

Garrett Haake and Heidi Przybyla contributed.