Pelosi Wants To Keep White House Out Of Border Wall Negotiations

Central American migrants settle in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium in Mexico City in Mexico City Monday Jan. 28 2019. Thousands of Central American migrants are waiting for Mexican officials to issue them humanitarian visas which give them

No wall on White House talking points on State of the Union | McClatchy Washington Bureau

The news came just hours after the president's State of the Union speech, in which he reiterated a repeatedly debunked claim that El Paso was one of the country's most risky cities until the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed and several miles of barriers were built in the border city. "Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country".

The city is on the Rio Grande river, across from Eagle Pass, Texas.

Trump plans to rally supporters on Monday at the county coliseum in El Paso.

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To reopen the government, Trump signed a short-term spending bill, but it did not include the $5.7 million requested to fund his proposed border wall. A stalemate over the issue led to a record 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.

For Congress to be able to pass legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security and a range of other federal agencies by a self-imposed February 15 deadline, the negotiators aimed to strike a deal and write a bill by this Friday or Saturday. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, Tweeted that the rally will be held "less than 1000 ft from the successful border fence that keeps El Paso safe!" El Paso was safe before the border wall.

Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside "revenge, resistance and retribution" and end "ridiculous partisan investigations" in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency. When asked about the intentions of the migrants to request asylum, Paniagua said their first priority is to get them settled in "humane conditions". "El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been '... considered one of our Nation's most risky cities, ' and, El Paso was a safe city long before any Wall was built". House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump as he spoke.

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"If Congress won't participate or won't go along, we'll figure out a way to do it with executive authority", Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on Wednesday.

At a White House event with law enforcement officers on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hinted that the option of declaring a national emergency and shifting billions of dollars from previously approved funding is very much alive. Using FBI and El Paso Police Department statistics for the 1990s and beyond, the Times' Madlin Mekelburg reported that "between 1993 and 2006, the number of violent crimes fell by more than 34%"-and construction for the El Paso-area border fencing that was authorized under the George W. Bush Administration in 2006 didn't begin until 2008. I would think he wouldn't, but I don't know what the situation" will be".

She said Trump was seeking billions of dollars to "continue to militarize and weaponize a force that has zero accountability".

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