As President Donald Trump renews his battle with Congress to fund his multi-billion-dollar border wall with Mexico, Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups in California have stepped up their campaigns to blacklist businesses involved in building the border wall.
"I'll always leave room for negotiation", Trump said.
"I have no red line", the president said in response to a reporter's question.
He also launched an aggressive push for additional border security measures early this year which include Dollars 25 billion toward construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Funding for a border wall would be a major sticking point in spending bills due by September 30 to keep the government open.
"Italy has taken a very firm stance on the border, a stance few countries have taken", Trump said during a brief photo op in the Oval Office before the joint news conference.
Specifically, he mentioned moving to an immigration system based on "merit", and praised populist Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, saying the former law professor is in his post nearly entirely because of "illegal immigration".
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first and possibly only congressional oversight hearing on the Trump administration immigration policies that led to the forced separation of thousands of parents and children.
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Trump has come under intense criticism for his zero-tolerance immigration policy, which prioritises prosecutions of people who enter the USA illegally. Both times, Democrats refused, and both times, Trump agreed to sign spending bills that did not include funds for a new wall along the southern border.
Mr. Trump said he was open to negotiate on some of those points.
The majority Democratic San Diego City Council, in a 3 to 1 vote last week, directed city officials to draft an ordinance requiring contractors competing for city projects to disclose any past and present work, as well as planned bids, on parts of Trump's planned border wall. Republican congressional leaders hope to avoid a political showdown before the November midterm elections.
Last week, McConnell said on a radio show in his home state of Kentucky that a government shutdown is "not going to happen".
The Senate is working to finish nine of its 12 annual spending bills by the end of this week while the House only passed six of its annual funding bills before it left on its August recess. No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of IL said he wanted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, saying the policy shows "the extremes this administration will go to to punish families fleeing" disgusting conditions, adding, "Someone in this administration has to accept responsibility".
"During the deliberative process over the previous year, we raised a number of concerns about any policy that would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interest of the child", White said. "I'll meet with anybody I believe in meeting", he said.
House Republicans released a spending bill this month that would provide $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall, a plan Trump supports.
"These allegations of abuse are extremely disturbing and must be addressed", Grassley and Feinstein wrote in a letter to the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers.
"Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes", Trump said.