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 PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation Hoyer introducing legislation to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russian companies MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ 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.