President Trump could be getting upwards of $23 billion for border security after weeks of deliberations between Republican and Democrat lawmakers.
In a tweet, Trump credited a border security funding bill led by Republican Senator Richard Shelby.
Trump tweeted that he “was just presented the concept and parameters of the Border Security Deal by hard-working Senator Richard Shelby” and that he was “looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources….”
The president concluded that he “will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!”
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As BizPac Review reports, the bill is not exactly where Trump wants it to be before he signs it. The president wants more money for the construction of a border wall among other things:
With only days remaining before the automatic triggering of another government shutdown, only one thing remains clear: President Donald Trump will build a southern U.S. border wall.
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“[I]t’s all going to happen where we’re going to build a beautiful, big, strong wall,” he reiterated during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday afternoon, adding that while he’s “not happy about” the spending deal struck by congressional Democrats and Republicans, he’s confident the wall will be built.
“I have to study it. I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick, but I’m adding things to it. I will add whatever I have to add. … Am I happy at first glance? I just got to see it. The answer is no. I’m not. I’m not happy. But am I happy with where we are going? I am thrilled.”
As the Hill reports, Shelby did not ask Trump whether he would sign the bill as it is still “premature.”
“The president’s tone and conversation was very good. Concerned that he didn’t get everything he wanted, and I told him I shared that. We all do. But realizing after I talked with him … that he’s getting a good downpayment,” Shelby said to a group of reporters, per the report.
Shelby added that he told Trump that Republicans “had a good reception in the caucus today about this and we know it’s multiyear, we know it’s going to cost a lot of money but it’s a good start.”
A number of conservatives initially panned the deal, arguing it failed to properly address border security funding. Republicans have urged the president to back the agreement, and some of his more conservative allies, including Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), have suggested they expect him to sign the legislation to avert another government shutdown.
Funding for a number of government agencies expires on Friday.
Trump’s tweet on Tuesday evening suggests the president is softening his stance toward the congressional proposal.
The new Republican-led effort comes as the bill, which was mostly led by Democrats, was rejected by Trump. The bill included a provision which limited the number of beds and people ICE was able to detain. The president said he would “never sign a bill that forces the mass release of illegal criminals into our country.”
“I will never oppose or in any way mistreat our great heroes from ICE, border patrol and law enforcement,” the president continued.
And, “We will always stand with those brave men and women. We will always be with them. We will take care of them just like they take care of us.”
So, adjustments needed to be made.
On Tuesday evening, Trump thanked Republican lawmakers for their role in the deal-making process.
“I want to thank all Republicans for the work you have done in dealing with the Radical Left on Border Security,” Trump said. “Not an easy task, but the Wall is being built and will be a great achievement and contributor toward life and safety within our Country!”
As BizPac Review also reports, the bill still only allocates $1.3 billion for the specific construction of a new border wall.
Here’s more from BizPac Review:
Slated to be formally introduced Wednesday, the spending deal by congressional Democrats and Republicans includes $1.375 billion in barrier funding, a notable $4.33 billion less than the $5.7 billion the president had sought. The $1.375 billion would reportedly only fund 55 miles of barriers.
The deal also calls for limiting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s enforcement activities by funding only 40,520 detention beds versus the current 49,057, though GOP lawmakers have claimed it’s a soft cap that could be effectively overridden via “reprogramming.”
According to the report, Fox News’ Sean Hannity called the bill a “garbage compromise” and said the money was not enough to fund “even a wall, a barrier.”
“$1.3 billion? That’s not even a wall, a barrier,” Hannity said, per BizPac Review. “Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain. Look at the country. Look at CBS News: Even they say 72 percent of the American people want the heroin to stop, the cartels to stop, the gang members to stop and those that wish us ill.”
“I’m not happy either, nobody should be happy. The so-called compromise is typical of the D.C. Sewer and Swamp, and this level of funding for security and safety of the American people is pathetic.
It is almost as if lawmakers in Washington, from the comfort of their own walled homes, don’t realize the horrors of sex trafficking, human trafficking, the drug trafficking. 90% of our heroin comes across the southern border.
It occurs every single day of every week of every month of every year. It is almost as if they just don’t care. In the past two years alone, criminal, illegal aliens have been responsible for 100,000 assault charges, 30,000 sexual assault crimes. And 4,000 murders and homicides. It is as if they don’t care.
Yesterday, 330 illegal immigrants, including many unaccompanied minors, were apprehended west of El Paso, where there is no border wall.
It sounds like a national emergency will be declared, but I have no insider information.”