Trump heads to the U.S.-Mexico border

One of the longest government shutdown enters day 20, as the president and Congressional leaders reached an impasse on funding for a border wall. ABC News' Serena Marshall reports.
2:58 | 01/10/19

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We begin with president trump and the battle over the border wall the president has in the southern border today as the government shut down interstate twenty. It follows this contentious meeting would Democrats at the White House which he later called. A waste of time there's word this morning that some moderate Republicans. Are crafting a possible compromise. That would include money for the border wall along with protections for doc a recipients who arrived in the US as children. Meanwhile the economic realities of the shut down are starting to hit home for federal workers. ABC's Serena Marshall has Salinas from Washington street a good morning today Kennedy good morning to you and it is day twenty and the president is heading to the southern border. But come Friday this shut down we'll tie with the 1990 buys the longest spending laps ever. He was a mere fourteen minutes meeting and his conclusion couldn't be clear he asked. Speaker Pelosi will you agree to my walls she said no. And he just got up and said then we have nothing to discuss and he just walked down they demanded once again that before any negotiations could begin. That we would. Have to agree to. Reopen the government. The shut down stretching into one of the longest ever come Friday federal workers face the reality of not receiving a paycheck. The president insists they still support him as a lot of them agree with what I'm doing Democrats say otherwise but what that means in their lives. It's tragic in terms of their credit rating paying their mortgage paying their rent they think maybe that could just ask your father for more money but they can't. 85% of the federal workplace exists outside of the capital region for an airline security to. The government sending a letter to members of the US Coast Guard according to the Washington Post. Suggesting they supplement their income with garage sales babysitting her dog walking even mystery shopping impossible and it is still made these signs moderate Republicans. Meeting behind closed doors for more than nineteen minutes to see if we can't offer some helpful. Hoping to find a solution that can bring everyone. Together. And some agencies are calling workers unpaid and FDA director plans are called domestic food inspectors suspended since the start of the shut down today Kana. Surrender or you go you mentioned this Coast Guard members and police some 44000. Members are being encouraged to supplement there. Income what else are government workers going to get by. Yet demands that domestic of federal employees are needing to supplement their income because they are not getting paid during the shut down so we've heard according to the Washington Post of a diplomat who is writing eyeliner reviews in order to supplement her income we also have heard of people selling things on Craigslist Craigslist including their skills. Mother in upper Maryland that was saying that she was telling her kids' toy is. For as low as two dollars in order to help pay the bills so it's really starting to hit a home for these and these federal employees can't Jenks or in commercial talk time for us hundreds of thousands of federal workers think you Serena.

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