Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico

Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico
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Vice President Pence was in Texas on Friday where he toured the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-ICE director responds to Michelle Wolf video comparing agency to ISIS Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign Michelle Wolf compares ICE to ISIS in new video MORE.

During his trip, Pence held a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement on the challenges of enforcing border security and visited the Hidalgo Port of Entry, a major crossing between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Pence tweeted Friday that securing the United States' southern border was a matter of "vital national security."

"Heading to Texas to survey our nation’s border with @DHSgov @SecNielsen and to be briefed on potential security threats by U.S. Customs & Border Protection. It’s a matter of vital national security that we secure our border," Pence wrote.

Pence's trip to the border comes amid bipartisan discussions in Washington about an immigration deal, which Republicans and Democrats are hoping to reach before March 5.

That's the deadline that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE gave lawmakers to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children currently covered under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump announced last year that he would end.

Earlier this week, a centrist immigration proposal spearheaded by GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains GOP to White House: End summit mystery The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Questions linger over Trump-Putin summit Soccer ball Putin gifted to Trump gets routine security screening Graham: Biggest problem is Trump ‘believes meddling equals collusion’ MORE (S.C.) failed in the Senate by a vote of 54-45, while a proposal based on the White House immigration framework failed by a vote of 39-60. Both proposals needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

The Trump administration has indicated it is unlikely to extend DACA protections if Congress does not reach a deal before March.