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Trump Wall Talks Reach ‘Tentative’ Agreement
« about: February 12, 2019, 06:31:58 PM »
Trump Wall Talks Reach ‘Tentative’ Agreement – Still Not Enough to Avoid Another US Govt Shutdown?

Just when we thought Congressional leaders were incapable of compromise in order to avoid another government shut down, they surprise us. They announced late Monday that an agreement over border funding had been reached.

Calling it “an agreement in principle”, the tentative agreement provides for about  $1.3 billion for physical barriers along the border. Not only does the agreement not call the security system a wall, as President Trump has deemed it, but the amount is far shy of the $5.7 billion officials stress is needed.

Trump talked about the agreement during his El Paso, Texas rally Monday evening.

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1095185093633761280

NBC News posted this tweet about the agreement.

https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1095179310913138688

WORKERS STILL MUST WAIT
In an impromptu press conference was held Monday night. During it, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he hoped the agreement would be to the satisfaction of the president. Shelby said a final text could be released by Wednesday.

More than 800,000 U.S. government workers and government contractors have worried about being furloughed again as lawmakers wrangle over funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

You’d think that the elected officials had learned something from the domino effects of the last partial shutdown, which only ended about three weeks ago. That shutdown lasted 35 days, which was the longest in U.S. history.

It seems many have not learned much.  Bipartisan talks broke down over the weekend when Democrats suggested they’d give about $1.6 billion for the wall if reductions were made at immigration detention centers along the border. That was a new demand and it sent Republicans packing.

11TH HOUR, OUT-OF-THE BLUE DEMANDS
The bipartisan talks broke down over the weekend when Congressional Democrats conceded to allowing for some of the $5.7 billion Trump wants for the wall, but the concession came with a catch. A catch that was out-of-the-blue.

Democrats want a reduction in the number of beds at immigration detention centers. These centers are manned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which many Democrats want to be abolished.

Trump weighed in on this via Twitter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1094948909657542656

This weekend, stunned Republicans walked away from that ICE idea. Senator Lindsay Graham called the reduction idea “nuts.”

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“The idea that reducing bed spaces available for violent offenders so they can be held and deported as a trade off for the wall [provides incentives for] illegal immigration. [Democrats] truly have lost their way. President Trump is not going to reduce the number of bed spaces available to hold violent offenders who come across our border. He can’t do that, he won’t do that.”

The bed cap is no longer an issue.  NBC News reported late Monday that there was:

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No cap on the number of beds for enforcing immigration laws in the country’s interior.



Democrats have been steadfast in calling for immigration protections. This includes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA recipients. In January, President Trump provided offered three-year extended protections for these people.

Trump proposed including immigrants with Temporary Protected Status. Democrats didn’t budge.

Mick Mulvaney, acting White House Chief of Staff, said this weekend:

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“We’ll take as much money as you can give us and we’ll often find the money someplace else, legally, in order to secure that Southern barrier. But this is going to get built, with or without Congress.”

Source: https://www.ccn.com/trump-wall-talks-reach-tentative-agreement-still-not-enough-to-avoid-another-us-govt-shutdown

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