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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 NielsenBolton heads to Moscow for high-stakes meeting with Russians Tucker Carlson says he 'can't really' dine out anymore because people keep yelling at him Top Judiciary Dems call for unredacted 'zero tolerance' memo 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 TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation 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 CollinsConservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Susan Collins and the mob mentality MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona Watch live: Trump speaks at Arizona rally Mnuchin to attend anti-terror meeting in Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi disappearance MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation Trump calls Saudi explanation for journalist's death credible, arrests 'good first step' 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.