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Dems prepare own border security package shunning Trump wall


January 24, 2019

Andrew Harnik – Associated Press

Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of N.Y., accompanied by Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark, D-Mass., right, speaks at a news conference following a House Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.

WASHINGTON - House Democrats, feeling pressure to display their vision for border security, are preparing a package that would ignore President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico and would instead pay for other ideas aimed at protecting the border.

As the government slogged through a record 33rd day of its partial shutdown Wednesday, details of Democrats' border security plan and its cost remained a work in progress, though some said it might match Trump's $5.7 billion figure. Party leaders said it would include money for scanning devices and other technological tools for improving security at ports of entry and along the boundary, plus funds for more border agents and immigration judges.


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