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 PelosiBudowsky: Pelosi can break shutdown stalemate GOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight Poll shows 25 percent view McConnell favorably, lowest among leaders in survey MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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.