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Democrats pass plan to end US government shutdown without funding Trump’s US-Mexico border wall

The Democrats, on their first day as majority leaders, have passed a plan to end the partial US government shutdown without funding Donald Trump’s US-Mexico border wall.

Donald Trump is demanding billions of dollars to build a wall along the US border with Mexico but the Democrats have so far refused to approve the border bill to fund the wall which Trump vowed during his election campaign that Mexico would pay for.

The US President has withheld his support for any new funding package until he secures $5 billion to start building the wall, which he says will stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the southwestern border.

The disagreement between Trump and the House Democrats led to a partial shutdown of the federal government which started on 22 December.

The Democratic legislation's decision to re-open the government without funding the wall is going nowhere in the Senate, where Republicans want Donald Trump's endorsement before voting on a funding package.

Congressional leaders from both parties met with Mr Trump at the White House on 2 January, but failed to make progress during their first sit-down in weeks, The Independent reports.

The White House has invited the leaders back on Friday for another round of talks that officials have suggested might be more successful now that Ms Nancy Pelosi has been sworn in as House Speaker.

Polls show a majority of Americans oppose the border wall, although Republicans strongly support it.

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