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By Rebecca Shabad, Frank Thorp V, Alex Moe and Garrett Haake
WASHINGTON – Negotiations on financing for border security came to a halt at the start of the week, and the main creditors of both sides are expected to meet on Monday to try to overcome the last point of friction before the Friday night deadline. to avoid another government closure.
Rep. Nita Lowey of New York and Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont are expected to meet behind closed doors with their Republican counterparts, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas and Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill.
Despite the apparent progress of last week, talks stalled over the weekend. The current point of conflict in the negotiations is not about a barrier on the nation's southern border, but about the number of detention beds for undocumented immigrants entering the country.
"I hope we can get out of the penny later today or in the morning because the time is running out," said Shelby, who is leading the negotiations as part of a bipartisan bicameral conference committee on "Fox News Sunday." some problems with the democrats that deal with ICE, which is to stop the criminals who come to the US UU and they want a limit for them. We do not want a limit on that. "
"I think the next 24 hours are crucial," Shelby added during Sunday morning's interview.
A senior Democratic adviser told NBC News on Sunday that Senate Republicans would have to accept "limits" to Trump's immigration policies in the form of a limit on bed counts: "An agreement that includes new physical barriers should include limits on the number of "ICE detention beds. If the Senate Republicans do not commit to us in both, we can not reach an agreement. "
Democrats say they do not want more detention beds because they believe that the most humane policy is to allow asylum-seekers and other immigrants without a criminal record to be released while waiting for their immigration process.
In a letter sent to negotiators during the last round of talks in January, the Office of Management and Budget of the White House requested $ 4.2 billion for 52,000 beds, $ 798 million more than current funding levels.
Democrats propose a limit of 16,500 detention beds.
"A limit on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize the deportation of criminals and people who represent real threats to security, not the law-abiding immigrants who contribute to our country." , said Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democrat from California. The chairwoman of the subcommittee on National Security Assignments and a member of the conference committee said Sunday in a statement.
A limit on detention beds, said a Democratic House adviser, would also slow the deportation agenda of the Trump administration.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, a former Senate leader, said on Twitter Monday that the Democratic suit was "arbitrary and will allow criminals to move freely from home." Rs believes that some undocumented immigrants who commit crimes in the United States you should not". t be subject to a cap. "
Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan, the whip attached to the Democratic Committee, was asked Monday on CNN whether it was worth risking another government shutdown.
"All I can say is that this is a priority for us," he replied. "The problem we have raised is the number of beds available, which requires the administration to prioritize the use of these beds, which we believe obliges them to be used by real people who may present some risk or risk. "
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who hosted several members of Congress at Camp David over the weekend, said on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" show that the White House "absolutely has not can "rule out another government closure.
"Let's say that the left wing of the Democratic Party prevails in this negotiation and they put a bill on the president's desk with, say, zero money for the wall, or $ 800 million, an absurdly low number. How do you sign that? " he said.
Republicans are beginning to discuss the idea of proposing a one-year resolution that would keep funding at current levels, but it is not clear that the Democrats, who control the House, accept it, and it is not clear whether President Trump will sign
Trump tweeted on Sunday that negotiations were going badly. "The Democrats of the Border Committee are behaving, suddenly, irrationally. Not only are they unwilling to give dollars for the Wall that is obviously needed (they canceled the recommendations of the Border Patrol experts), but they do not even want to pay attention to the muders. [sic] in custody! What's going on?"
The president will travel to El Paso, Texas, on Monday to hold a Make America Great Again rally and deliver what he described on Twitter on Monday as a "Great Speech on Border Security and More."