Congress Makes a Deal to Avert Another Shutdown – But Will Mr. Trump Sign It?

Donald Trump SOTU 2019 Wall Money

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have arrived at a compromise to prevent a shutdown. Trump will get a downpayment of 1.7 Billion dollars for his “wall,” and Democrats won’t insist on breaking laws Congress already passed. Okay, that was harsh. But true.

In the initial proposal from the Left ICE would have been forced to cut back on beds for detainees. That cutback would have forced them to break existing laws. Without room to house illegal aliens, they’d have to release them back into the US Population. 

The Democrat argument was that this was fine.

“A cap on ICE detention beds will  force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country.”

It’s a day of firsts. Earlier I wrote about how a New Hampshire Democrat wanted to follow the constitution. Now they want to leave people who are “law-abiding” alone? Does that mean they are scrapping all those anti-gun bills that only disarm law-abiding people? Of course not.

And illegal aliens are not legal immigrants. They broke the law when they came here without permission.

What’s in the Deal

Trump may or may not sign it. This depends on whether he thinks he can create leverage somewhere else before September. But here’s the arrangement to date.

Republicans tentatively agreed Monday night, Feb. 11, to less money for President Donald Trump’s border wall than the White House’s $5.7 billion wish list, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4 billion, according to congressional aides. The funding measure is through the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.

The agreement also includes increases for new technologies such as advanced screening at border entry points, humanitarian aid, and additional customs officers.

Trump should ask half the money again unless he’s got another way to get more of what he wants with what he already has. But I have no idea what he has. I do know that plenty of folks will be unhappy if he buys into this compromise.