New hur­dle emerges in bor­der se­cu­rity talks as clock ticks

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

WASHINGTON >> Bar­gain­ers clashed Sun­day over whether to limit the num­ber of mi­grants au­thor­i­ties can de­tain, toss­ing a new hur­dle be­fore ne­go­tia­tors hop­ing to strike a bor­der se­cu­rity com­pro­mise for Con­gress to pass this com­ing week. The White House wouldn’t rule out a re­newed par­tial govern­ment shut­down if an agree­ment isn’t reached.

With the Fri­day dead­line ap­proach­ing, the two sides re­mained sep­a­rated by hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars over how much to spend to con­struct Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s promised bor­der wall. But ris­ing to the fore was a re­lated dis­pute over curb­ing Cus­toms and Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment.

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 if a deal is not reached over the wall and other bor­der matters. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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