Schumer urges patience as Senate border talks stall

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) voiced optimism on Tuesday that the Senate can reach a deal on border security even as he acknowledged that talks had stalled.

A bipartisan working group negotiating changes to immigration law hoped to announce a deal as senators returned from the Christmas recess, yet Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican negotiator, told reporters on Monday evening there were “too many unresolved parts” for an agreement to materialize this week.

The pessimistic note came only hours after Schumer declared from the Senate floor that they had made “more progress in the past couple of days on the border than we have in the past few weeks.”

The mixed messages — Lankford, too, had voiced optimism a deal was near on Sunday — encapsulate the state of negotiations. “Progress” has been the byword, but key sticking points, most notably on the issue
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