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Lawmakers try to reboot stalled border talks

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Lawmakers try to reboot stalled border talks

Lawmakers try to reboot stalled border talks

The top four Democratic and Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on border security funding met on Monday in a bid to reach an elusive deal by a Friday deadline to avert another partial government shutdown.

Colette Luke reports.


Lawmakers try to reboot stalled border talks

With the countdown clock ticking, four top Democrats and Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill Monday (February 11), trying to breathe new life into high-stakes border talks after they collapsed over the weekend, raising fears of another government shutdown when funding runs out at midnight on Friday (February 15).

Democrats want fewer illegal migrants detained along the border- and want to limit the number of detention beds, arguing it is cheaper to release and electronically track low risk migrants while they await deportation.

Republicans want to increase the number of beds to detain more people, which they say would make deportations faster.

Trump took a shot at Democrats on Monday as he met at the White House with local sheriffs in town for an annual conference.

Negotiators have also not been able to agree on how much federal money should be spent on physical barriers along the border with Democrats offering $2 billion or less, while Trump has demanded $5.7 billion.

Trump has not ruled out declaring a national emergency which would allow him to bypass Congress to fund the wall.

All of this comes as California's Democratic governor Gavin Newsom said he plans to pull hundreds of the state's National Guard troops from the border, calling Trump's border crisis manufactured.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM SAYING: "We are not interested in participating in this political theater."

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