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Duel at the USA border as deal reached in DC

Duel at the USA border as deal reached in DC

At a rowdy immigration-focused rally in El Paso Monday night, President Trump offered a typically free-associative argument for why the United States must crack down on illegal immigration with a wall on the southern border.

Lawmakers expressed optimism that a bill would be approved by Friday when funding runs out for some federal agencies.

"I have to study it".

A reporter asked O'Rourke if his participation in the rally to counter Trump means he is gearing up for a presidential run.

Negotiators felt the deal would prove sufficient to fund all government operations through the end of September, potentially removing shutdown threats for the remainder of the fiscal year.

"I can't say I'm happy, I can't say I'm thrilled", Trump said of the compromise.

Congressional Republicans have shown little appetite for another shutdown after taking heavy criticism over the prior one.

The two politicians could go head-to-head in 2020 but on Monday they were expressing their views on border security, amid fears that the week could conclude with another government shutdown. He's not setting policy nor saying anything new.

Trump said late a year ago he would not sign any more spending bills that did not include border wall funding.

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The president also claimed that the 35-day partial government shutdown over the wall - the longest shutdown ever in USA history - "was a very important thing we did" because it turned attention to the border crisis, even if it did cause a "blip" in a rise in unemployment. On everything from the border wall to abortion to the Mueller investigation to the booming economy and the Democrats' Green New Deal, Trump presented himself as reasonable and Democrats as extreme.

But Democrats have said the Republican descriptions inaccurately characterize their position. There were also signs decrying Trump and his border wall - such as "Trump made America hate again" - and chants from the crowd that included "Make tacos, not walls!"

Cruz says the goal is to "stop the human traffickers, stop the drug traffickers and build the wall". Democrats have called the project expensive, ineffective and immoral.

He did not mention presidential politics in his rally Monday night but Trump did. "So we probably have some good news. Lots of questions too".

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-Calif., who was in Monday's meetings, said she hoped the negotiators would have a finished product by Wednesday. The president meets with administration officials after a bipartisan group of lawmakers, after hours of deliberations, announced that they had reached "an agreement in principle" on legislation to fund the government past the Friday deadline and avert another government shutdown. There is quite simply no other way to parse what he said.

"I think the president is going to raise significant awareness that he intends to keep his promise to build that wall", said Gavin Clarkson a high-profile Republican from Las Cruces.

He road-tested applause lines Monday, highlighting blue-state bills that on late-term abortion that have enraged his conservative base, and a liberal Green New Deal that would "take away your auto".

A fact check by the El Paso Times found that the crime rate was decreasing in the city before the border fence came along 2008-2009, as crime rates fell nationwide from high levels in the 1990s.

But an overall cap - on borders and in the interior - would remain at 40,520 beds.