Top Republicans oppose border ‘emergency’ as shutdown drags on

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The White House's hope is that once lawmakers are at home this weekend and hear complaints about the shutdown from their constituents, they will be more open to negotiating when they're back in Washington on Monday.

The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week, the longest in US history.

Trump tweeted that "to understand" his plan, "you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people".

There's good news for Republicans, though, looking to obtain some sort of immigration reform compromise in ongoing budget negotiations: most wall supporters polled by the Washington Post want Republicans - and especially President Trump - to stand firm on making funding for the border wall part of the final budget package.

An emergency declaration by Trump could break the stalemate by letting him use existing, unspent money to build the U.S. -Mexico border wall, without needing congressional approval.

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Sen. Richard Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that centrist Senate Republicans who sought to broker a deal last week should step forward and make an appeal to their party's leader in the chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The partial shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday, when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under president Bill Clinton.

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In the Democrats' weekly address, Representative Scott Peters, who represents a district in San Diego County, California, outlined border security measures such as radar and surveillance via drones, and said "let's re-open the government and talk about these ideas".

If the shutdown continues for several months, as the president has threatened, 38 percent of Americans say they would consider that a crisis, 41 percent say it would be a serious problem but not a crisis, and 18 percent say it would not be a serious problem. "And if this is not resolved soon, I predict that that's going to go in the wrong direction and we're going to start seeing longer and longer lines at airports". On the divisive issue of the border wall with Mexico, however, support for the wall has strengthened among Republicans: eight out of ten favor the wall. "$1 for a wall when in the past Democrats have appropriated billions for the wall", Graham said, noting that Trump is "not going to give in" on the fight for border security yet. "I am in the White House ready to sign!"

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Mr Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse.

Trump reminded that building a wall on the Mexican border was one of his main campaign promises.

This week, the president is expected to sign legislation passed by Congress to provide back pay for around 800,000 federal workers who are not being paid during the shutdown.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to clarify who is now in the White House with the president. Today, 42 per cent say they support a wall, up from 34 per cent in January previous year.

Meanwhile, Democrats remained resolute that Trump and Republican lawmakers should end the shutdown before rejoining the debate over how to best secure U.S. borders and reform immigration laws.

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