Officials: Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms

Nov 2014
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Officials: Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms | US | Journal Gazette

Bipartisan talks aimed at resolving the border wall dispute and averting a government shutdown Friday have broken down and are at an impasse, lawmakers and others familiar with the situation said Sunday.
"I think the talks are stalled right now," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the lead Republican negotiator, said on "Fox News Sunday." "I'm not confident we're going to get there."
Lawmakers had been trading offers, trying to finalize how much money could go to barriers along the border as President Donald Trump demands money for his wall. Trump has called for $5.7 billion, but lawmakers were trying to find a number between $1.3 billion and $2 billion that would be acceptable to both sides.
At the same time, Democrats were trying to limit the number of detention beds that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency would have access to. Democrats want to cap detention beds as a way to limit aggressive detention activities by ICE.
People familiar with the talks said that the question of ICE beds led to the impasse, as Democrats try to cap the number, while Republicans seek a way to exclude violent criminals from the cap.
"It's all over the map, and I think it's all over the map because of the Democrats," White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Meet the Press," regarding the status of talks. "The president really does believe that there is a national security crisis and a humanitarian crisis at the border and he will do something about it."