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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE to discuss border wall funding.

ADVERTISEMENT

“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.