House Democrats revealed the outlines of their border security counteroffer Wednesday, saying they will pump money into stopping drugs and providing care for illegal immigrants — including cutting the number of detention beds to hold them for deportation.
Democrats wouldn’t put a dollar figure on their proposal, so it’s not clear how it stacks up against President Trump’s $5.7 billion plan for a border wall.
All sides are locked in negotiations over a 2019 spending bill for the Homeland Security Department. They face a Feb. 15 deadline to reach a deal and avert another partial government shutdown.
Seventeen negotiators, split between Democrats and Republicans and the House and Senate, convened their first public meeting Wednesday. All sides said they hope they can reach a compromise, though the path to a deal was unclear.