Congressional negotiators announced on Monday night they have a border wall funding agreement they believe President Trump will sign into law.
The agreement was announced by a group of lawmakers led by Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday FOX News announced Democrats slipped a “poison pill” into the deal that will prevent the 55 miles of wall from being built.
But the agreement is even worse than what is being reported.
The areas Trump cannot build any wall.
Funds can only be used to make steel bollard design… no concrete wall, no prototypes. Same thing as what Bush and Obama built… just a little bit taller.
The bill secures more than $3.1 billion in foreign health services, more than twice for the wall.
Sec. of DHS cannot increase border crossing fees.
Border “Wall” construction is only allowed in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.
The bill DOES expand Catch and Release by reducing the number of border beds from 49,060 to 40,520.
No funding for additional enforcement and removal field personnel. – that means no more ICE agents to deport people already in the country.
Expands the Alternatives to Detention program from 82,000 to 100,000… so instead of housing family units at the border- they get moved into the interior where they almost always stay in the country permanently.
Provides $40 million for additional ICE staffing dedicated to overall ATD case management, particularly for asylum seekers… so no new ICE agents, but money to ICE to help illegal aliens settle in a non-detention center in the country.
$3.4 billion in refugee assistance – $74 million more than last year
$4.4 billion in international disaster assistance – $100 million more than last year
Does not eliminate any foundations that Trump wanted to get rid of including: The Asia Foundation, the U.S. African Development Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Once again the Republicans in Congress got outplayed.
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At this point it should be clear that the GOP may be playing for the other side.