Another shutdown looms as US border security talks break down

Last Updated: Feb 11 2019 10:02

According to officials cited in multiple US media reports bipartisan congressional talks hit a wall over the number of additional detention beds funded by the package under discussion, which, however has been otherwise focussed on money for a border wall.

Senator Richard C Shelby, the lead negotiator for Republicans, said on Fox News Sunday said, “I think the talks are stalled right now,”

“I’m hoping we can get off the dime later today or in the morning because time is ticking away but we’ve got some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE US Immigration and Customs Enforcement), that is detaining criminals that come into the U.S. and they want a cap on them. We don’t want a cap on that.”

President Donald Trump has demanded $5.7 billion for a border wall, but the two dies are reported to be discussing a much lower figure, between $1.3 billion that Democrats conceded earlier, and not for a wall but border security, and $2 billion.

The president weighed in on the discussions in a tweet Saturday, without actually referring to them. “The Democrats just don’t seem to want Border Security.