Lawmakers Agree on Border Deal That Will Probably Cause Trump to Declare Emergency
The deal includes money for barriers that might as well be speed bumps
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have reached an “agreement in principle” on President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall funding, as the government is days away from a potential shutdown.
The agreement reportedly includes $1.375 billion for physical barriers, which would be bollard, or basically a concrete-filled barrier that protect office buildings and shopping malls across the U.S. There would also be nearly a 17 percent drop in ICE beds, bringing the number to 40,520 overall, over 8,000 beds, in which Republicans have pushed back against, saying more criminals will be on the streets if they are not in ICE custody.
“We need to listen to the border security and law enforcement professionals as we negotiate an agreement on border security funding. The National Sheriff’s Association has warned against the Democrats’ proposal to limit ICE’s ability to detain violent criminals. We need to listen to the law enforcement professionals so that we can reach a result that protects our national security,” North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven told The Daily Caller News Foundation Monday afternoon.
Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby told reporters on Capitol Hill that he believes Trump will approve of the agreement, according to Fox News. This comes as both House and Senate lawmakers met at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.
How is this a good deal? Or even a serious one? Bollards? How will this stop illegals? And, yes, it is true. Multiple outlets are reporting it, including the NY Times, in which tehy note “the agreement would allow for 55 miles of new bollard fencing, with some restrictions on location based on community and environmental concerns…” In other words, worthless. They also report that the number of beds is at the same level as the previous budget.
“Republicans in Congress have zero excuses if this sham makes it to Trump’s desk. No one who supports real border security can be for it. Republican negotiators didn’t even get Democrats to support what they have voted for in the past!,” a senior a GOP aide told TheDCNF after the news broke Monday night.
Previous deals had 65 miles of pedestrian fencing. This has bollucks, er, bollards.
At this point, just sign the thing, then declare the emergency or use some other type of legal method. Hey, since the governor of California does not want border protection, take parts of the border walls in his state and move it elsewhere.
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