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Democrats May Fund Parts of Trumps $4.5B Border Request

Democrats May Fund Parts of Trumps $4.5B Border Request

Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill that appears to finally be breaking free of a partisan logjam.

Democratic aides said Tuesday that Trump's request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds is off the table, but that Democrats are willing to fund care for more than 360,000 migrants apprehended since October.

"There are some good parts to it, there are not some good parts to it and we'll have to separate the wheat from the chaff," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of Trump's border request. "We're going to have to go over that with a fine-tooth comb."

Schumer said Republicans had largely capitulated in a weeks-long fight over aid to Puerto Rico.

"They realized that they are not going to be able to get a good bill done without treating Puerto Rico fairly," Schumer said.

Trump has opposed additional aid to the U.S. island territory, claiming it has gotten plenty of money already to deal with devastation wrought by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017. He has also feuded with the island's Democratic officials.

 

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