Pence visits U.S. Customs and Border Patrol headquarters – live stream

By Grace Segers

/ CBS News

Vice President Mike Pence is visiting U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) headquarters in Washington, D.C., amid a government shutdown which has left CBP officers and other federal workers on furlough or working without pay. Pence is visiting CBP with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The Trump administration is currently locked in a stalemate with congressional Democrats over funding for a border wall. President Trump is refusing to sign any government funding bill without money for the wall, while Democrats are unwilling to provide the funding or even negotiate over it while the government is closed.

Pence is expected to speak with employees and make remarks after meeting with CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and CBP Chief Carla Provost.

Pence's and Nielsen's visit comes the day after Mr. Trump traveled to the southern border. In McAllen, Texas, Mr. Trump visited a border patrol station where he was briefed by agents on the situation at the border. While border patrol agents there expressed support for a border wall or barrier, the border patrol agent in charge showed an image of a tunnel illegal immigrants had carved — under a wall.

Mr. Trump also indicated Thursday he will likely declare a national emergency if Congress doesn't reach an agreement to fund his border wall — a move that is sure to set off challenges in the courts if he goes ahead with it.

"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would almost say definitely," Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent."

If Congress doesn't make a deal, Mr. Trump said "it would be very surprising" if he didn't declare such a national emergency. Declaring a national emergency, the president explained, frees up a "tremendous" amount of funds.

First published on January 11, 2019

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Grace Segers

Grace Segers is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.

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