WASHINGTON | Lawmakers optimistic as border talks back on track

11Feb - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly optimistic, congressional negotiators said late Monday that politically freighted talks on border security were back on track as they sped to avert a new federal shutdown this weekend. Agreement could be in sight as early as Monday night, they said.

The talks had cratered Saturday and Sunday over Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, but the impasse seemed to be loosening.

“We haven’t broken it yet, but we’re talking seriously,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

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