Trump plans 'major announcement' on border, longest shutdown

2019-01-19 13:19
US President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security. (Carolyn Kaster, AP)

US President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security. (Carolyn Kaster, AP)

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President Donald Trump says he'll be making a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week.

Democrats are now proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for new immigration judges and improvements to ports of entry from Mexico but nothing for the wall, a House aide said, as the party begins fleshing out its vision of improving border security.

After days of bitter clashes between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it was unclear if the twin developments represented serious steps toward resolving the fight. But they were the first tangible signs of movement in a dispute that has caused a partial government shutdown, which Saturday was entering its record 29th day.

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