Rep. King calls for shutdown solution with border wall funds, DACA deal

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The partial federal government shutdown is continuing into the new year with no clear resolution in sight.

Republicans and Democrats have been at a standstill over President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic lawmakers have treated the wall as a nonstarter.

"What Donald Trump and the Republicans want to do is waste $5 billion in taxpayer money on an ineffective, medieval border wall that is a 5th century solution to a 21st century problem,” says Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York).

Trump fired back on Twitter Monday morning, saying that walls work. "They say it's old technology, but so is the wheel," he posted.

 

Some Long Islanders tell News 12 that they support a wall along the Southern border. But immigrant advocates say it will weaken the foundation of diversity this country was built upon.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) is against the government shutdown, but supports the wall. He says there's room for compromise.

"You give the president close to $5 billion for the wall; you give the Democrats DACA," King says. "You set in motion a plan where, as the border becomes more secure, the 11 million people who are here illegally now can get a status and perhaps work toward citizenship."

In the meantime, some 800,000 federal workers are caught up in the shutdown impasse. They're being forced to stay home or work without pay.

House Democrats unveiled bills Monday that would reopen the government without funding the border wall, and were prepared to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes on Thursday.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't allow a vote on any bill that doesn't have the president's backing, saying he's not going to send something to the president that he wouldn't sign.

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