House Democrats have plan to re-open government

House Democrats have plan to re-open government

In a series of Twitter posts earlier this month, Trump insisted that "we are not building a concrete wall, we are building artistically designed steel slats, so that you can easily see through it". -Mexican border would be more appropriate in other areas.

Jones said border security is "essential" and funding should be "found internally" if Mexico won't fork over money to help pay for it - something Trump has often promised would happen.

John Kelly said U.S. must curb drug demands and expand economic opportunity to halt illegal immigration.

"To be honest, it's not a wall", Kelly said in an exit interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Speaking of the wall, Gen. Kelly said that after consultation with border patrol agents it became clear that a continuous, opaque structure would not be suitable for stemming the flow of illegal immigrants.

"He was frustrated. It was a huge decision to make ... and frankly there was no system at all for a lot of reasons - palace intrigue and the rest of it - when I got there".

House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., address reporters about the fight over funding a border wall before the partial government shutdown.

Now House Democrats are hitting back with a two-part plan that would fund the Department of Homeland Security until February 8 and fund all other closed departments - such as Justice, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Agriculture - for the rest of the fiscal year through September 30.

"It is with them", she said, explaining why Trump was not reaching out to Democrats. When he says "wall", that's what he means.

"It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the President that he won't sign", said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "But always saying "wall" or "no wall" is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border when it comes to the drugs pouring in".

Most voters, however, appear to be aligned with Democrats, who when not pointing to Trump's campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, contend that there is little need for it.

As Republicans hold on to the House of Representatives for five more days, no legislative work has been planned and Trump did not ask Republicans to keep Congress in session.

Trump has been excoriated by opposition Democrats, who oppose his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding, after he blamed them for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in United States custody in a tweet on Saturday.

During his interview with the Times, Kelly also said that the zero-tolerance policy at the border, which had resulted in the separation of children and parents, which caused global outrage, had been the then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision and it came as a "surprise" to the White House. "Our Southern Border has always been an 'Open Wound, ' where drugs, criminals (including human traffickers) and illegals would pour into our Country. Dems should get back here (and) fix now!"

But, reacting to the news that a second migrant child died this month while in the custody of us officials, Trump seemingly suggested that Border Patrol agents do, in fact, want a wall.

Congress is in recess for the New Year's holiday but will reopen on Thursday, while Trump has stayed in the White House through the year-end festivities, shelving his annual vacation to his private Florida golf resort amid the impasse.

The government has been partially shut down since President Trump opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill that would have averted a shutdown altogether.

The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall on the southern border. "It does, and properly built, nearly 100%!" She says of the negotiations: "It is with them".

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