House Democrats Plan to Reopen Government

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Graham said Trump was "open-minded" about a broader immigration agreement, saying the budget impasse presented an opportunity to address issues beyond the border wall.

Within hours, Trump pushed back on Kelly's comments, tweeting that an "all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media".

General Kelly served in the Marines for 46 years before retiring, and then served as Trump's Department of Homeland Security Secretary and then-White House chief of staff.

Trump says Democrats supported border security funding before, though that funding provided for fencing, not a wall.

There are three basic ways the shutdown that started on December 22 could end: Trump gives up the $5 billion he wants for the wall, Democrats give Trump his wall money, or both sides come up with a face-saving deal.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump warned: "word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to be elected speaker on Thursday and will push for a vote as one of her first moves.

The high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Trump and Pelosi as Democrats come into control ready to reassert the power of the legislative branch and confront the White House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated last week he will not hold a vote on any spending plan that Trump will not sign, meaning a solution to the shutdown will depend on a deal between Trump and Democratic leaders. "Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii - less hula, more moola for the DHS, Customs and Border Patrol, funding our border security". "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than $5 billion for the wall". The wall isn't so much a wall, they say, as well, not a wall. Democrats refuse to approve funding and the president - who has made hardline immigration policies a centrepiece of his presidency - has retaliated by refusing to sign off on a wider spending bill, leaving some 800,000 federal employees without pay.

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Felipe "always wanted a bicycle" and their father saw the U.S.as a way to help get their family out of poverty, Gomez Lucas said. In a similar case, a 7-year-old girl died after traveling through Mexico and crossing the border illegally with her father.

Kellyanne Conway, a close Trump advisor, said on "Fox News Sunday" that whether the border barrier was a "wall" or not was "a silly semantic argument", adding that the president had already compromised, since he had originally asked for $25 billion.

Trump does not want to settle for less than $5 billion in funding for the border wall. But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of "Dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children - broke down past year as a result of escalating White House demands.

The two funding bills will have to be formally introduced Wednesday, when the new 116th Congress is called into session and Democrats assume majority control of the House.

- Trump wins: The name of the game in shutdown fights is avoiding blame.

As always, Trump is inclined to believe that he's winning whenever he's dominating discourse with his opinions and behavior, however unusual and reprehensible they may seem.

It should be pointed out too that Mr Kelly himself had said early in the Trump presidency that it would be a wall, and not a fence.

Democratic leaders in both chambers, meanwhile, have likewise promised that they are content to allow the government to remain partially shut down forever rather than fund a border wall, which means that unless either side blinks, the government will remain shut down for the foreseeable future.

That appeared to be a reference to a tweet of his over the weekend in which Trump blamed Democrats for the deaths of two migrant children while in custody of the Department of Homeland Security.

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