As clock ticks, new hurdle emerges in border security talks

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A congressional deal seemed to stall even after Mulvaney convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers at Camp David, the presidential retreat in northern Maryland. He added the "most likely outcome" is that Congress will reach a border security agreement Trump will sign.

Two of the sources said the talks were ongoing and had not completely fallen apart, but both sides of the talks were considering whether there was a path forward to a broader deal.

Mr. Trump, whose demands for wall money led to a monthlong shutdown, said Democrats must shoulder blame if funding lapses again.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday", said "you absolutely cannot" eliminate the possibility of another shutdown on Friday if a deal is not reached over the wall. But Mulvaney also said that Trump was willing to explore funding alternatives.

Lawmakers involved in border negotiations expressed optimism that a deal could be reached by the end of the weekend, but questions remain whether President Donald Trump would accept less funding for wall construction. Republicans have said violent criminals caught inside the USA shouldn't count toward the cap. "I'm not confident we're going to get there". I'm hoping we can get off the dime later today or in the morning because time is ticking away but we've got some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE, that is detaining criminals that come into the USA and they want a cap on them. While the two sides are now said to be close to a dollar amount for border barriers, Democrats are making a higher level of funding for barriers contingent on the new cap for detention beds - something Republicans are resisting. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday".

Lawmakers and Trump face a February 15 deadline to pass new legislation to keep the government open. Republicans have said violent criminals caught inside the USA shouldn't count toward the cap, and that ICE should have discretion about whom to detain.

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Aides have since said that the term refers to when the president watches television, reads newspapers and does other work, according to Politico. "But they also demanded the limit on ICE beds, as a way to force the agency to focus on detaining migrants with criminal records instead of people who have overstayed their visas".

Trump seized on the stall in a pair of tweets on Sunday, saying Democrats were "offering very little money" for the wall and claiming Democrats actually wanted a shutdown for political purposes.

Trump said on Twitter Sunday that he doesn't think Democrats on the committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal with border wall money and "now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!"

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that she hoped there would not be another government shutdown and insisted an agreement include funding for a barrier at the border.

"You can not take a shutdown off the table, and you can not take $5.7 (billion) off the table", Mulvaney told NBC.

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