Shutdown looms as border talks break down over immigration enforcement
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 11, 2019,
Feb 11, 2019, 0:54
People involved in the talks say Democrats have proposed limiting the number of immigrants here illegally who are caught inside the USA - not at the border - that the agency can detain. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat, said things could still work out - or be a "train wreck". "Negotiations seldom go smooth all the way through", he told the Fox program. Negotiators had hoped to unveil a deal Monday to set up votes in the House and Senate before the deadline.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private deliberations.
Congress passed a stopgap bill to reopen the government and force talks over border security, though federal workers could be furloughed again if talks fail.
A Democratic aide briefed on talks said the discussions "broke down" on Saturday after the Senate GOP rejected their position on limits for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds in the interior of the country. Republicans want no caps on the number of immigrants who've committed crimes who can be held by ICE.
The mood among bargainers has soured, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Details about where the fencing would go and a Democratic request to eliminate previously funded fencing in the National Butterfly Center, a conservation area close to the border in Mission, Texas, were still being negotiated. Republicans have said violent criminals caught inside the USA shouldn't count toward the cap, and that ICE should have discretion about whom to detain.
Trump weighed in Sunday, saying the Democratic proposal would protect felons. Deutsche Bank became a critical lender to Trump in the late 1990s when major US banks refused to do business with the NY real estate developer after repeated bankruptcies.
Reducing bed space for violent offenders is an incentive for illegal immigration, Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures". "Donald Trump is not going to sign any legislation that reduces the bed spaces".
"He's going to do whatever he legally can to secure the border", Mulvaney said on NBC's "Meet the Press," one of two scheduled appearances on Sunday talk shows. "And then I'll go find the money someplace else" to fund a wall on the southern border, Mulvaney explained.
Mulvaney said a shutdown isn't the most likely option but that he "absolutely cannot" rule it out.
"The government shutdown is still on the table".
Lawmakers, however, were working to avoid it.
In a battle that's also largely over semantics, Democrats have said they won't pay for a "wall". The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy.
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