Negotiators from the US Congress say they have achieved an”agreement in principle” to fund the government and avoid a second partial government shutdown.

The emerging agreement was declared late on Monday with several politicians, such as Republican Senator Richard Shelby and Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, following a closed-door assembly on Capitol Hill.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Shelby didn’t offer an outline of the deal but said team members would work out the information.

Negotiators scrambled on Monday afternoon to save the discussions after they fell apart over the weekend as a result of disagreements over immigrant detention beds along with physical barriers along the US-Mexico border

US President Donald Trump‘s December requirement for $5.7bn to help construct a boundary wall actuated the 35-day partial government shutdown that finished a month. It was the longest authorities closing of its type in US history.

Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks to allow congressional negotiators time to discover a compromise on government funding for the rest of the year, which ends on September 30.

Duelling rallies

Meanwhile, on Monday night, Trump held a campaign-style rally in the border town of El Paso, Texas.

Trump has repeatedly pointed to El Paso to make his case that a boundary wall was necessary, claiming that hurdles turned into the town from one of the nation’s very harmful to one of its most powerful. The claim comes despite data showing El Paso had a murder rate of less than half the national average in 2005, a year before the latest growth of its boundary fence.  

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows that El Paso’s yearly amount of reported violent crimes dropped from almost 5 years,000 in 1995 to around 2,700 in 2016. But once the town’s crime rates increased year over year, even though new walls and fencing, that corresponded with comparable reductions in crime and added periods.

The Trump effort published a video showing El Paso citizens saying that the wall helped reduce crime. But many in town have bristled at the possibility of becoming a boundary wall poster kid.

But the president was greeted with tens of thousands of anti-wall protesters.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds, reporting from El Paso, said several of the anti-wall protesters”felt insulted that the president envisioned the city as a community rife with crime, drugs, human trafficking and a very dangerous place in the State of the Union address last week also said that is false.”

Leading the protesters was hometown Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman who in November missing a close election for a US Senate seat in Texas into Republican Ted Cruz. He’s now considering seeking his party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has sought to crack down on immigration.

Trump chose a boundary wall one of his central campaign claims in 2016, saying it was required to suppress widespread immigration, drug trafficking and other offenses.

Democrats, who took charge of the House a month from Trump’s fellow Republicans, oppose a wall, even calling it ineffective, expensive and immoral.


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