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Trump seeks Dems 'help on asylum' before aid bill vote

Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on June 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s

Trump seeks Dems 'help on asylum' before aid bill vote

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday he is "very concerned" about conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border, as House Democrats said they plan to pass a $4.5 billion aid package aimed at addressing the migrant surge.

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Trump seeks Dems 'help on asylum' before aid bill vote

But lawmakers were also rushing to add language before the vote to mandate better health and nutrition standards at border facilities.

The changes were being made after some liberal Democrats expressed alarm that not enough was being done to improve conditions at the border, where the number of migrants apprehended surged in May to the highest level since 2006.

Last week, the Associated Press reported on squalid conditions facing migrant children being detained by U.S. authorities, including a lack of access to food, beds and hygiene products such as soap and toothpaste.

Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, despite having requested the $4.5 billion border aid package, on Monday night threatened to veto the House bill, saying the provisions added by Democrats - who control the chamber - would make the country "less safe."

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