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US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

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11 February, 2019 10:19 AM



US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

Trump insisted on a "smart" steel barrier during his State of the Union speech/Reuters

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Talks between congressional Republicans and Democrats aimed at averting another US government shutdown have broken down without agreement.

The negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when last month's federal funding deal runs out.

The disagreement centres on President Donald Trump's insistence on a bill that funds a US-Mexico border wall.

The previous shutdown, lasting 35 days, was the longest in US history, reports BBC.

The latest impasse has arisen because Democrats want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to concentrate on detaining migrants with criminal records instead of those who have overstayed their visas by limiting the number of beds its detention centres have, the New York Times reported.

Democrats were hoping to cap the number of beds at 16,500. That is roughly the number of people detained in the last years of the Obama White House, the Washington Post says.


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