Democrats and Republicans in Congress reached preliminary agreements on the protection of the southern borders of the United States. This should help to avoid another suspension of the work of government agencies on February 15, when the deadline for negotiations expires.
As Republican Senator Richard Shelby told reporters, the congressmen managed to reach an agreement at a closed meeting, which lasted until late in the evening. According to him, the details of the agreement will be announced later.
It is unclear whether the agreement will support the US President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday speaks to his supporters in Texas. “We are building a wall in any case,” he said.
The negotiators had hoped to reach an agreement by Monday to give Congress time to pass the budget law by Friday, but the talks stalled.
On January 25, President Donald Trump announced the resumption of the work of governmental institutions after the “shutdown” that started in the end of the year, lasted 35 days and was the longest in the US history.
“Shutdown” has affected 800 thousand Federal employees who were sent on unpaid leave or forced to work without receiving their salaries.
The stumbling block in the budget dispute was Trump’s demand to allocate 5.7 billion dollars for border fortifications. We are talking about the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico in the framework of the implementation of the campaign promise to strengthen the fight against illegal migrants.
Democrats who control the House of Representatives refuse to allocate this money, claiming that it is pointless to build such a wall.
On the eve of the talks came to a standstill because of the demand of the Democrats to focus the efforts of migration services on the detention of migrants only with a criminal past, not those who have expired visas.
Democrats had hoped to negotiate a reduction in the number of places for detainees is approximately two times up to 16.5 thousand. Approximately as many migrants were detained during the presidency of Barack Obama.
Trump hit his opponents with criticism.
“I don’t think the Democrats in the border Committee will be allowed to make a deal by their leaders. They offer very little money for the much — needed border wall, and now unexpectedly cut the number of places for criminals convicted of violence,” he tweeted.