Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill

Members of the House Freedom Caucus on Monday are calling on GOP leadership to include $5 billion in funding to build a wall along the southern border and language aimed at ending "catch and release" policies in an upcoming must-pass spending bill.

The influential conservative caucus takes an official position one day before House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' Pelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerUS women's soccer team reignites equal pay push Blue Dogs look to move forward on infrastructure project Democratic strategist says Republicans are turning immigration debate into 'political football' MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE to discuss border wall funding.

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“This is our last chance to address illegal immigration before Democrats take over the House," the group said in a statement. "Republicans in Congress must fulfill our promise to the American people by building President Trump’s wall, ending catch and release, and securing our borders.”

Trump has been vocal that he believes $5 billion is necessary to enhance border security. Democrats have said they will not support anything beyond $1.6 billion.

The must-pass spending bill could be the last chance for Republicans to secure wall funding before Democrats take back the majority in the lower chamber in January.

Congress needs to pass the spending measure before Dec. 21 to avert a partial government shutdown.