Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms

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The sticking point is over the number and objective of immigration detention beds, an issue that would typically be regarded as a side-note to the broader talks about the amount of funding for border security.

Talks could still get back on track, but the prospect of a longer-lasting deal breaking down seem to have increased. Both sides are eager to resolve the long-running battle and avert a fresh closure of dozens of federal agencies that would begin next weekend if Congress doesn't act by Friday.

Democratic negotiators were hoping to cap the number of beds at 16,500.

By having the interior cap, ICE agents would be forced to focus on arresting and deporting serious criminals, not law-abiding immigrants, a House Democratic aide said on Sunday.

USA budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said on Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no agreement is reached by this week's deadline.

Another Democrat, Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), told Fox News that, even though the lawmakers were "not to a point where we can announce a deal", he still had "confidence that hopefully we will get something done very soon". "We've got some problems with the Democrats" over funding for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee told Fox News Sunday he put the odds of a deal at 50-50.

"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.

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As negotiations over a border security hit a snag, the White House on Sunday would not rule out another federal government shutdown even as it signaled a willingness to obtain funding for President Donald Trump's proposed wall by other means.

He said at the time that bipartisan congressional negotiators would discuss border security and reserved the possibility he would declare a national emergency to build the border wall.

Trump on Saturday suggested that if Democrats didn't give him all the wall money he's demanded, he may use executive action to build it. Democrats have warned such action would face court challenges, and some Republicans have also suggested it's an option best avoided.

Congressional negotiators traded offers throughout the day on Saturday until a breakdown last night, said the people familiar.

The White House and many Republicans want to push the amount that would be spent for building physical barriers to $2 billion or higher.

"The president is going to build the wall". He went on to say that the Democratic leadership just does not want the deal to be reached in yet another series of fiery tweets. "There are pots of money where all presidents have access to without a national emergency. They want a new subject!", Trump said.

Trump seized on the stall in a pair of tweets on Sunday, saying Democrats were "offering very little money" for the wall and claiming Democrats actually wanted a shutdown for political purposes.

"I don't think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal".

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