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Here’s what you need to know about the border security compromise that could avert another government shutdown

The plan includes funding for a number United States national security areas, as well as new barriers along the southern and northern borders.
A group of young men walk along the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert on December 9, 2010 in the Tohono O'odham Reservation, Arizona.

A simple technology could secure the border for a fraction of the cost of a wall — but no one’s talking about it

Fiber-optic cables could help secure the US-Mexico border. They can detect people, planes, and cars, tell the difference, and send the exact location.

Lawmakers are desperate to avoid another government shutdown, but Trump is still a wild card in negotiations with Congress

Republicans are desperate to reach a deal after suffering an embarrassing political defeat that resulted in a 35-day partial government shutdown.
President Donald Trump (R) speaks to the press after the new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L) was sworn in, in the Oval Office of the White House, July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly tells president and Congress to end the government shutdown

"We call on our elected leaders to restore the funding necessary to ensure our homeland remains safe," the former Homeland Security secretaries wrote.
A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents near the US-Mexico Border before they were sent to a center for possible separation in June.

A Democratic senator is asking the FBI to investigate Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of committing perjury in sworn testimony about the family separat...

Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon released documents that he said show Nielsen lied to Congress about the Trump administration's family separations.

Pelosi backtracks on the reasoning for her letter asking Trump to delay State of the Union

"Let’s pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it’s okay not to pay people who do work," Pelosi said. "I don’t and my caucus doesn’t either."
President Donald Trump

Nancy Pelosi suggests Trump either postpone his State of the Union address until after the government shutdown ends, or submit it in writing

Pelosi says the US Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security lack appropriate funding to carry out their duties for the State of the Union.

Trump’s new acting Pentagon chief just extended the mission for US troops at the US-Mexico border until the end of September

US troops deployed to the southern border were expected to leave on December 15 last year. Now, they'll be staying until at least September 30 of this year.
US Coast Guard cutter Eagle sailed into foggy weather in Casco Bay during its arrival into Portland, Maine, August 4, 2017.

The Coast Guard is about to miss a paycheck because of the government shutdown, but its members are still doing missions

Trump says he's ready to keep the government shut down for years, while some 50,000 Coast Guard members wonder when their next paycheck will come.
Construction of a new fence takes place as U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen tours a replacement border fence construction site on April 18, 2018 in Calexico, California.

Trump tweeted a design for ‘steel slats’ along the border with spikes on top — and called it ‘totally effective while at the s...

Trump has demanded that Congress approve $5 billion in funding for his border wall, though he has pivoted in recent days to calling it "steel slats."