Trump and his allies try to pin blame on Dems for border impasse

2/11/2019 – Politico

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President Donald Trump and his aides tried Monday morning to pin blame on Democrats after border security talks broke down over the weekend, sharply increasing the risk of another government shutdown at the end of the week.

The president claimed on Twitter that Democrats’ call for a cap on immigrant detention beds was a “brand new demand,” describing it as “crazy” and insisting that it meant “Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens!”

Democrats argue that limiting the number of beds for those in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody could force the agency to prioritize targeting more dangerous immigrants living throughout the U.S. and not just those crossing the border illegally, while cutting back on local deportation raids that have led to some liberals demanding the agency have its funding cut altogether.

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