Democrats want a limit on Immigration and Customs Enforcement beds not only to cut costs but as a way to make sure the detention units aren't being used to punish immigrants seeking asylum, Rep. Dan Kildee said Monday.
"We want them to prioritize the use of those beds for people who are dangerous, and this is all being negotiated in the context of the president asking for something that we question," the Michigan Democrat told CNN's "New Day." "They ought to be willing to consider some of our priorities in order for (President Donald Trump) to get some of his priorities met. That's been the discussion over the last several days."
Kildee said he doesn't want to get ahead of conferees as work continues on an agreement before this week's deadline border security bill comes, but the matter of ICE beds is important.
"The president has, I think, and many of us believe this, abused the people to seek safe harbor," said Kildee, while indicating that there may be some give and take on other matters under discussion.
"Many of us have signaled for some time that as long as it's reasonable and as long as it's supported by the professionals, that we're willing to give and maybe go further than we otherwise would if this is a true good faith negotiation," said Kildee.
The detention beds appear to be just the latest sticking point in the ongoing negotiations. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sunday talks are stalled, but he hopes negotiators will return to the table soon.