Talks collapse on border deal as shutdown looms

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Published on February 11, 2019 - Duration: 01:35s

Talks collapse on border deal as shutdown looms

Talks on border security funding collapsed after Democratic and Republican lawmakers clashed over immigrant detention policy as they worked to avert another U.S. government shutdown, a Republican senator said on Sunday.

Chris Dignam has more.

Talks collapse on border deal as shutdown looms

Talks to avert another U.S. government shutdown over border security collapsed over the weekend, after a dispute over immigrant detention policy.

That's according to Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who said on Sunday that the breakdown was over Democrats' desire to cap the number of beds in ICE detention facilities for people who enter the country illegally.

But Democratic Senator Jon Tester played down any collapse in talks, saying "negotiations seldom go smooth all the way through" and said he was hopeful a deal could be reached before the Friday deadline.

Tester and Shelby are on the 17-member negotiating panel aiming to come to a deal by Monday.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MARK MEADOWS, SAYING: "There are distinct differences." Republican congressman Mark Meadows said a deal by then was a long shot.

The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus - who vehemently opposed executive actions taken by former President Barack Obama - said Trump will likely use his executive authority to fund the border wall if negotiations fail.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MARK MEADOWS, SAYING: "I do expect the president to take some kind of executive action - a national emergency is certainly part of that.

There are a few other things in his tool box that he could use, but I expect him to do that if we don't reach a compromise.

And, listen, we have about 24 hours to do that." President Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas on Monday to hold a rally.

His supporters gathered on the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez over the weekend, linking arms to make a human border wall.

Security has remained tight on the border, including further east near Piedras Negras, where some 2,000 migrants waited in hopes of entering the United States.

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