US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline
Monday 11/February/2019 - 01:57 PM
US congressional talks over a border security deal have stalled، raising the chances of another government shutdown، BBC reported.
Negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday، when the federal funding agreement runs out.
They remain divided on how many undocumented immigrants can be detained and funding for President Trump's promised border wall with Mexico.
The previous shutdown، lasting 35 days، was the longest in US history.
Hundreds of thousands of workers were furloughed while others in essential services، such as hospital care، air traffic control and law enforcement، worked without pay.
The cost to the US economy was estimated at $11bn (£8.5bn). It was unclear how the negotiators would try to reach a deal، as no further talks were scheduled، Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying.