Talks collapse on border deal as U.S. gov’t shutdown looms
- Author: Jon Douglas Feb 11, 2019,
Feb 11, 2019, 0:53
"We could close some deals, but they've got to be good, to secure our borders", Shelby said. "But they also demanded the limit on ICE beds, as a way to force the agency to focus on detaining migrants with criminal records instead of people who have overstayed their visas". "We're still participating, we're still listening, we're still talking, but we're not leading the negotiations".
The Homeland Security Department and other agencies are operating on a short-term spending bill that Trump signed January 25, when he ended the nation's longest ever government shutdown after 35 days.
The deal for border barrier funding was at the center of the historic partial shutdown after Trump turned down a funding bill that didn't include the requested funds. But negotiators on both sides told reporters late last week that they believed they were on the path to resolving the issues.
"You can not take a shutdown off the table, and you can not take US $5.7 (S$7.7 billion) off the table", he said, referring to the level of funds Trump has been demanding for a wall on the US-Mexican border.
"They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!", he tweeted.
Then he suggested, that Democrats "want a Shutdown" to change the subject after "a very bad week for the Democrats".
Schiff last week hired former National Security Council staffers to work for him as he launches a sweeping new investigation into Trump - a move that appears to have drawn particular ire from the president. "But I don't think anybody has an appetite for a government shutdown and I think everybody wants to make sure our borders are secure".
Later Sunday, a House Democratic aide provided CNN with a statement regarding the position the Senate GOP had rejected.
"To enhance national security and encourage more efficient immigration enforcement, Democrats have proposed a cap on the number of ICE detention beds associated with interior enforcement", the statement said. While the Democrats want the number of beds to be lowered, the Republicans advocate its increase as part of an effort to speed up immigrant deportations.
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., countered by telling the same show, "The numbers are all over the place".
"We need to keep our eyes on this but I'm very hopeful, not positive, but very hopeful we can come to an agreement", he said.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday", said "you absolutely cannot" eliminate the possibility of another shutdown on Friday if a deal is not reached over the wall.
"You asked me a question: is the shutdown entirely off the table?"
President Donald Trump on Sunday didn't dispute a Axios report, one based on months of leaked private daily agendas, that the majority of his schedule is filled with "executive time", undefined periods in which he watches TV, tweets, calls people and reads. "I would say no", Mulvaney said.