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Talks Over Border Security Break Down, Imperiling Effort to Prevent Shutdown


Added 02-10-19 01:40:03pm EST - “Lawmakers and aides familiar with the negotiations said the number of beds for housing detained migrants already in the country was the main sticking point.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Talks Over Border Security Break Down, Imperiling Effort to Prevent Shutdown”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan talks to reach a border security agreement have stalled, lawmakers and aides said on Sunday, imperiling efforts to prevent another government shutdown days before the Friday deadline.

Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a key figure in the negotiations, confirmed the impasse on Sunday, saying that he was “not confident we’re going to get there.”

“I’ll say 50-50 we get a deal,” Mr. Shelby said, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” “The specter of a shutdown is always out there.”

The 17 House and Senate lawmakers negotiating, known as a conference committee, had set an informal deadline of Monday to reach a deal, because Congress would need that much time to consider the legislation without waiving procedural rules and still pass it by Friday, when funding for several departments and agencies expires. But an aide familiar with the talks said lawmakers had stopped communicating.

The hang-up was not primarily the amount of funding for a border barrier, but a Democratic effort to force Immigration and Customs Enforcement to focus on detaining migrants with criminal records instead of people who have overstayed their visas by limiting the number of beds it has in detention centers.

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