Congressional leaders met on Monday to discuss the financing plan for border security and a new partial closure of the government in the United States before the Friday deadline, according to Reuters.
The talks should resume scheduled just before President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Texas city of El Paso to discuss his campaign promise for building a wall along the US southern border with Mexico.
Democrat and former candidate of the Senate Beto O & # 39; Rourke will hold an anti-wall protest to get the president amid rumors that he could explore a potential presidential campaign in 2020.
Legislators meet Monday to hopefully leave enough time for legislation to go through the House of Representatives and the Senate to receive Trump's signature by Friday, when funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the Ministry of Justice and several other government agencies expire.
Officials said the weekend's negotiations broke up after the Democrats demanded funding for immigrant detention centers to be lowered and a physical barrier constructed along the US-Mexico border.
Congressional aides said House Appropriations Committee, chairman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, and the top Republican Rep. Kay Granger of the panel will meet with the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican, and the leading Democrat on the panel Sen. Patrick Leahy.
A senior Democratic assistant told Good King News that Republicans had to accept "limits" on the immigration policy of the Trump government on the number of beds over the weekend.
"A deal with new physical barriers must all contain limits for the number of ICE detention beds." If Senate Republicans do not compromise with us about both, we can not make a deal, "said the source.
The White House Office of Management and Budget previously requested $ 4.2 billion in funding for $ 52,000 beds, which is $ 798 million higher than current funding levels.
Democrats suggest a compromise of tipping prisons at 16,500.
"A ceiling for ICE retention beds 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-CA), president of the Subcommittee for the Subcommittee on Home Security.
Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan, the Democratic head nurse of the Caucus deputy, said the issue was a "priority" for the Democrats.
"The issue we are discussing is the number of beds that are available, which means that the administration must give priority to the use of these beds, which we believe would naturally mean that they would be used for actual people at risk & # 39; s or provide dangers, & Rep. Kildee said.
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Trump's earlier demand for more than $ 5.7 billion to set up the border wall led to the longest partial closure of the government that lasted 35 days from late December to January.
Trump agreed to reopen the government to give negotiators in Congress time to find a compromise for the two sides on the issue of border security.
Democrats and Republicans must agree on a financing plan to prevent a new closure on 15 February and to plan the government budget for the remainder of the fiscal year until the end of September.
Trump made the promise of a boundary wall one of his central campaign promises more than two years ago, promising that it would reduce illegal immigration, drug trafficking and other crime; Although Democrats and a number of experts claim that the wall would be insufficient to drastically reduce these issues.
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