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A Republican-Democrat border security deal that is expected to be offered to President Trump funds about $1.3 billion for a United States-Mexico border wall and includes no increase in detention space to control increasing illegal immigration at the border.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have announced that they have reached a deal on border wall funding to avoid a government shutdown. The deal, according to details by the Washington Post, includes about $1.3 billion in border wall funding — a fraction of the $5.7 billion that Trump had requested from Republicans and Democrats.

This funding is set to provide about 55 miles of new border wall along the roughly 2,000-mile long southern border. Much like the 2018 omnibus spending, which prevented Trump from building a border wall out of new materials, the deal is set to tack on stipulations as to what the barrier can be made from and where it can be placed.

Additionally, the deal keeps detention space for federal immigration officials to detain illegal aliens and border crossers at the same levels that have been funded over the last two years. The deal includes about 40,250 beds for immigration detention facilities, about 11,500 fewer beds than Trump had requested.

The conference committee was formed after Trump reopened the federal government following a shutdown without securing any funding for the border wall. Members of the committee include:

Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, Texas Rep. Kay Granger, Tennesee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, and Mississippi Rep. Steven Palazzo, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin, Montana Sen. Jon Tester, New York Rep. Nita Lowey, California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, North Carolina Rep. David Price, California Rep. Barbara Lee, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, and California Rep. Pete Aguilar.

The committee was formed to work on a funding package for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a deadline of February 15, a funding route that experts have said the president never had to take.

Defense Department officials have reiterated that Trump does not need approval from Congress and, also, does not have to declare a national emergency to begin construction of the border wall. Instead, the president could have invoked 10 United States Code § 284, which authorizes the U.S. military to build barriers at the southern border, a Pentagon official has testified to Congress.

In the meantime, illegal immigration at the southern border is expected to reach levels that have not been seen since President George W. Bush. Researchers project, at current rates, there will be more than 600,000 illegal aliens apprehended at the border this year. In December 2018, there were about 51,000 border crossers apprehended.

Trump responds

During a speech in El Paso, Texas, on immigration, the president responded to the deal, and he was not very positive about it.

“If we cut detention space, we are cutting loose dangerous criminals into our countries,” Trump told his supporters. “I will never sign a bill that forces the mass release of criminals into this country.”

And he indicated the he would follow through with a plan to declare a national emergency and begin construction on the wall without the approval of Congress.

“Just so you know, we’re building the wall anyway,” he said.

(This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.)

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62 Comments

62 Comments

  1. Caligirl1960

    February 12, 2019 at 7:36 am

    All illegal aliens need to wait on the Mexican side of the border! If any detention centers need to be built then build it on the Mexican border we cannot afford to release anymore criminal aliens into our country.

    • Richard

      February 12, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Right on,
      That’s what they should do, but with a billionaire pushing for Open Borders. Really doubt it will happen. To many going against our Constitution and the American people to push Socialism.

      Government Treason for Power and Money for self gain..

      • Bill Van Dam

        February 12, 2019 at 2:47 pm

        Then it’s up to the good citizens of our country to take the country back from treasonous government officials. Over 70% of the good people in this country are against illegal immigration, and yet the democrats favors it.

    • Peter Gaskin

      February 12, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Maybe build the wall around California and make that the detention centre keep all the criminals including the corrupt politicians in one place the decent American citizens should just leave California to the democrats and the people they care more about illegal immigrants and celebrity’s to their own demise raise taxes higher on the celebrity’s to pay for their illegal immigrant friends and let the rest of America live in peace without having to worry about illegal immigrants or gang members killing family’ loved ones and they can keep all the drugs in their with them that would be the best thing for America

      • Michael_T

        February 12, 2019 at 10:34 am

        Take the needed funds out of the Federal money California gets.

      • meozzie

        February 12, 2019 at 12:13 pm

        Amen!

      • Robin

        February 12, 2019 at 4:32 pm

        100% agree

    • Dean Perry

      February 12, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      “we cannot afford to release anymore criminal aliens into our country”
      This statement makes NO sense… why are we releasing criminals anyway??????????

      • Ed

        February 13, 2019 at 12:07 am

        Simple – Our court system. Keep up, man.

      • Bird

        February 13, 2019 at 2:56 am

        All they have to do is cross the border, then get arrested…. that’s what they want. They are put in ‘holding cells’ until their ‘court date’, which is usually years away because of the overload to our system. The ‘law’ says we can only ‘detain’ them for a certain number of days and after that date is reached they have to be ‘let go.’ The gates are opened (here in the USA) and they are released to go anywhere (here in the USA) that they want to go…. they have to ‘promise’ to come back for their court date though!!LOL

  2. Deb

    February 12, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Another cap deal offered by the Dems. No surprise. They hare America. The dems are getting rich from the cartels.

    • Dean Perry

      February 12, 2019 at 7:03 pm

      “The dems are getting rich from the cartels”
      So why are you not presenting your facts to the authorities? You are part of the problem then!!!!!!!

  3. Caligirl1960

    February 12, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Forget this deal President Trump call for an National Emergency we will have more money and will have the restrictions of the material that can be used they want us to used old materials? Like what? The old metal that was used in Vietnam! I don’t think so!

  4. Scott

    February 12, 2019 at 7:47 am

    More proof that the Democrats don’t care about securing our borders, their only focus is on gaining power not the American people…

    • ltrail

      February 12, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      When it became unpopular to be found out as a member of the Communist Party of America, members joined the rank and file of the Democrat Party. Therein lies the reason for thuggery, lies, name-calling, voter-fraud, and violence coming from the Democrat Party liberals. And most of the MSM is a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

  5. Mike

    February 12, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Sounds like it’s time to close down the government and I wouldn’t go for under 7.5 billion now .teach them we are going to build a wall

    • Jule Ray Westcott

      February 12, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      agreed. the republicans have no spine.

  6. James

    February 12, 2019 at 8:07 am

    like i have said on other sites..
    if i were the President every time those BOZOS came at me with their BS DEAL ID RAISE THE ANTI.
    and UP THE REQUEST FOR MORE FUNDING, BY A BILLION OR TWO MORE, until they got it through their STUPID HEADS WE MEAN TO FUND THE BORDER WALL WITH OR WITH OUT THEM.
    this is like POKER, you run a BLUFF, I RAISE THE ANTI UNTIL I BREAK YOU.

    • Robin

      February 12, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      Defense department has already said he does NOT need Congress permission to build the wall.
      Stop pussy footing games and do the job!

  7. 4lllls

    February 12, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Never vote democrat. If they ever get in xontrol we the people will suffer greatly. Open your eyes. NEVER VOTE THEM IN AGAIN. THEY WILL TREAT US LIKE THEY WANT TO. No compassion.

    • Sylvia

      February 12, 2019 at 8:50 am

      I sure hope people will take need to your comment. These DemonRATS are so out of it it is scary! If they hate America so badly, make the crooks clear out and move to Venezuela. Maybe they can run that country. They sure as hell better never get back in to power in the U S A! It’s going to hell in a hand basket!

    • neo

      February 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      You don’t have to vote Democrat….the computer programs will do that for you….you can just stay at home and play your video games and let the liberals fund the world with OUR tax dollars because they KNOW better than us what is best for us…..just ask them

  8. Love america

    February 12, 2019 at 8:23 am

    The dems are terrorists. Shut them down completely

  9. LST

    February 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Demonrats are all scumbags they want open borders because the illegals will vote for them once they are given the right to stay. All the demonrats want is remain in control, they care nothing about the country.

  10. vernon lindblade

    February 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

    How do we the people take back our country from these dems and rino traitors.. Protect America and her people… And put those in office that will do the jobs they were voted in for( by their employer, we the people). There’s no way these people should wake up tomorrow and be in control of a lemonade stand much less our country… National Emergency!!! So glad I voted for President Trump!!!!

    • Big Montana

      February 12, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      The answer to taking back the Country rests with a Convention of States remedy to correct our Constitution and enforce restricted federal power.

  11. Peter Gaskin

    February 12, 2019 at 8:38 am

    That is absolutely pathetic how can republicans even agree on a deal that does nothing same old bullshit the republicans that agreed to such a none deal need to be voted out and replaced with republicans that have got some balls and fight for their constituents Trump should not sign this piece of garbage written up by rino republicans and radical democrats its the same old crap they have been doing for the last 40 years and nothing gets done and millions of more illegal immigrants are getting into the country that is to benefit the democrat socialist communist party and taxpayers have to pay for them time to stand up to the corrupt democrats and the establishment and their donors what is wrong in the head of the democrats and their supporters they are letting outside countries destroy everything that made America great it use to be the best country in the world but i can tell you Australia may not be the biggest or richest country in the world but it is the safest and its not run by foreign immigrants and our values mean everything if you don’t like our laws our culture don’t come here and if you are Muslim you obey our laws not sharia law and if you are worried about getting pork in a meal at a restaurant eat at home or go back to your backward barbaric primitive own country and leave normal people alone you can’t treat woman as equal don’t come to Australia if you think you can abuse little girls and get away with it you won’t if the public doesn’t get you the prison system will do justice for the little girls or woman you abuse America stop letting none born American citizens to hold any position of any level of government they do not put America first or western values but most of all get the corruption out of the justice department and law enforcement otherwise nothing will change the last two years in America has been a joke to the rest of the world and Obama and all the corrupt officials in his administration including Hillary Clinton should be charged with treason and secret service agents should be taken away from Obama and the Clinton’ And any other corrupt officials from the Obama administration and pensions canceled and a investigation of all sitting politicians their taxes and all their bank records and their partners as well get the corruption out of government while you have a honest president

    • Tom

      February 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Make all Congressional reps swear the Oath on a King James Bible, That would keep any Muslims out of office.In fact any oath sworn in the USA should be on this Bible followed by the words In God We Trust.

    • Robin

      February 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      You hit the nail on the head with this!!
      Your absolutely right in your comments.
      We The American people need to stand and fight this BS political corruption and start a coup to take back our rights and enforce term limits and fire these corrupt government officials

  12. Ed

    February 12, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Just another FU slap in the face from the treasonous Dems.

    I agree that Trump should, but without further ado, first thing in the morning, put emergency measures in place and get this done. A double whammy – immediate benefits begin for American security and a hearty FU clap-back to Pelosi and her gang of thugs.

    C’mon, Mr. President, hold strong.

    • Sylvia

      February 12, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Ed. I wish Trump would shit or get off the pot right NOW. Tell the DemonRATS to go to hell and declare an emergency and build the g.d. wall. The Dumbs know that Trump has bent down to them previously and still do!! I do not think he wants to shut the govt down but if he has to BECAUSE of the Dumbs, they will have to take responsibility for it this time!!
      I can’t figure out why he is farting around so much,, it’s not doing him, if the wall build, any good. These lefties MUSt be made to tow the line once and for all imho

      • Brian

        February 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm

        Trump has forced the Democrats and “RINO’s” to put their money where their mouths are (so to speak). The American people and FEDERAL EMPLOYEES now are certain of the reasons for another shutdown, and should start protesting the congressional members who will cause it.

      • Ed

        February 14, 2019 at 10:41 pm

        Sylvia – looks like the President did BOTH! He got off the pot and sh*t, all over Pelosi and the rest of these swamp creatures!

        Signed the bill and preparing for Emergency action to finish the wall. Good work Mr. President!

  13. wanda

    February 12, 2019 at 9:22 am

    This deal not only involves Demo’s but also the failing of the Republicans. Let’s see who agreed with the Demo’s and remember them. They can be voted out and replaced with responsible people who will shoulder our country with us. I’m as mad as hell for their inadequacy when they stalled for so long as we voiced what we wanted.

  14. Everett Dickens

    February 12, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    When the so-called servants of the people seem to be more intent on serving the illegals and drug cartels it is time to take a hard look at these traitors and ask yourself why we tolerate them any longer? If you love your country you serve it not special interests that seem to have bought off s one of our so called leaders! This country was founded because of less provocation than these idiots are giving us!

  15. Irene Renner

    February 12, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Trump will take this lousy plan and then Im sure he has a plan to get it built. Dont get excited dems Its not over and he will get it built

  16. meozzie

    February 12, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Tens of thousands are invading our country monthly. If that doesn’t constitute a national emergency I don’t know what will. We need to build the wall immediately no matter what the cost!

  17. Mary Johnson

    February 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    It is an emergency and therefore, stop playing and declare it and get the wall built.

  18. Tom T.

    February 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    POTUS will have to do what he said he would do in El Paso last night. Or else, in time, not that long, US will become Venezuela on a much larger and more horrific scale.

  19. Believer

    February 12, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    It’s time to stop playing, declare the southern border problem an invasion and issue shoot on sight orders. Don’t like it tough sh#%! I didn’t serve my country in order for the democrats and RINOS to allow it to be over run by a foreign invasion from shit Hole countries that will end up making our country a shit Hole country. I’m not racist, not am I one who believes in better than someone else. What I do believe though is that a country without borders isn’t a country at all. Out of all the countries inbred world the united states is the only one that has unfettered entry into it. The only one than apparently has no consequences for being in it illegally. Do t believe me try doing to Mexico what their citizens are doing to our country.
    As has been said many times lewd follow or get the hell out of the way. Well where the liberals are leading no sane person will follow. Where the rinos follow disaster happens so to the rinos and the socialist and the democrats GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY! Either do the job of serving the Citizens who elected you or maybe suffer the same fate as all despotic countries. You know like Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, etc. History satanic you do certain things there is a natural progression and a specific end at some point that no o e likes or wants to admit.
    As the declaration of Independence says the tree of liberty at times must be watered with the blood of depth and patriots alike!

  20. Rocky

    February 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    THIS isn’t a deal, it’s a complete and total sellout ! If Trump caves and signs this, he’s finished and so is America. The question is, WHAT CAN HE DO?
    A President does NOT need the approval of Congress, Senate or anyone else to act in protecting American citizens and our borders. He DOES need their approval to pay for it !
    I doubt if our nation has ever dealt with this many traitors in high government positions as we have now and with voters who keep re-electing them.

  21. neo

    February 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Much like the 2018 omnibus spending, which prevented Trump from building a border wall out of new materials, the deal is set to tack on stipulations as to what the barrier can be made from and where it can be placed.

    Can’t have Trump’s new barrier blocking the influx of CIA funded drugs, where politicians get their “cut”….right PIG losi/Chuckle Head Schumer?

  22. Brandy

    February 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    DECLARE EMERGENCY TO BUILD THE WALL, WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS BS CRAP SO CALLED DEAL!!!

  23. joseph wisniewski

    February 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Deal ? Thats a JOKE

  24. stephen winters

    February 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    DEMOCRATS ARE LIKE THE U.N.,WORTHLESS.

  25. jw

    February 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Make pelosi’s commiefornia estate home for illegals since she loves having them to freely come into our Country !!!!! Then let her feed,and cloth them with her millions !

  26. Leslie Stevenson

    February 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    This was a farce that they knew was never going to be accepted by this POTUS or anyone with any common sense. There will be 55 billion available after the 1st of the the year thanks to that Muslim Obama. Remember his “Sequester”. Also El Chapo has a lot of his dirty drug money that the DEA captured. Use that. Pelosi and her numb nuts can pounds sand. Don’t sign this Mr. President.

  27. ruth

    February 12, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    talk about selling out the country that is just what these people did: Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, Texas Rep. Kay Granger, Tennesee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, and Mississippi Rep. Steven Palazzo, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin, Montana Sen. Jon Tester, New York Rep. Nita Lowey, California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, North Carolina Rep. David Price, California Rep. Barbara Lee, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, and California Rep. Pete Aguilar.
    send then some of your thoughts and hope like hell they dont screw us again

  28. Frank Campo

    February 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Beginning to lose faith Mr President.

  29. Bess Huff

    February 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Lets build a wall around California and New Mexico since they do not want the military on their borders. Do not sign this bill, do not cave, support your people that voted for you!

  30. Cecelia Henderson

    February 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Once again, our President loses the battle, but he will win the war. I am so sick of Democrats that refuse to work with the President. I hope that this “plan” gets shot down and we close the government again. We didn’t miss it much last time. Keep it closed for 30 days and then make it permanent. Just lay then all off and see how they like their juvenile blockages. The Republicans astound me. They go in with one demand and lose the battle. Absolutely pitiful.

  31. Al

    February 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Those sorry, no good republicans on the committee are just as horrid as the corrupt demonRATS. That’s all we need. These useless republicans won’t even stand with their own party. I hope President Trump tells them to ‘stick their agreement….’

  32. Joseph Kempski

    February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    KILL THEM ALL, THEN LET GOD SOUGHT THEM OUT

  33. Oscar V Pearson

    February 12, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Tell Congress to go on a cruise so we can get some things done. Build the wall now and bypass the clowns in Congress.

  34. Joseph A Midona

    February 12, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    BUILD THAT WALL. BUILD THAT WALL. BUILD THAT WALL.

  35. Roberta Brown

    February 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    They are offering this ridiculous deal knowing that Pres. Trump will not accept it. That way, they can once again place the blame on him for another shutdown. They think the American citizens are stupid. I know the demonicRats are, but not us republicans!

  36. Linda

    February 12, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Any Republican, who agreed to this so called deal, should be ousted from office. This is a total insult to President Trump and American citizens. 5.7 billion for the wall with no side deal attachments whatsoever. I am sick of my hard earned tax dollars supporting illegal aliens. We take care of our citizens, and that’s it. Any illegal alien crossing over into the US needs to be turned around and sent back over the Southern border right then. No vacations or free rides in our country, at any time. A partial gov’t shutdown until further notice, declare a National Emergency, stick it to the Democrats….just build that wall..now.

  37. William

    February 13, 2019 at 2:24 am

    I don’t know about anyone else but I am fighting mad at these goddamn Democrats. I will not let those assholes ruin my country.

  38. Ed

    February 13, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’m not sure what’s going though the President’s mind, but I’m reading that he might just settle and claim that the wall will be finished, regardless of the slap in the face he just received. This goes strongly against everything we’ve seen him to be over these past two years. Getting a worse deal than if he’d just not shut things down in the first place. Something’s changed.

    • Ginny

      February 13, 2019 at 8:56 am

      Ed nothing has changed. It’s the Democrats that are resisting everything that is good for USA.
      President Trump can not do great things alone. If he declares State of Emergency, Democrats have Judges lined up to stop his State of Emergency.
      If Pres. Trump settles for this deal to get some money to start building Wall in Texas, I will still continue supporting & voting for him in 2020!
      Ed, would you rather vote for The Hitler Democrats??

      Wake up Ed!!

      • Ed

        February 14, 2019 at 10:48 pm

        Ginny – I’m well awake, and should have known Trump would come around.

        Great news today! The President signs the bill getting a load of funds for border security, then proceeds to declare a State Of Emergency, to get the funds to FINISH THE WALL, not just the measly 55 miles that Pelosi so generously offered! Love this FU clapback to Pelosi and her minions.

        Yah, Ms. Pelosi will run, screaming to the nearest California judge, but we’re gonna fast track this one to the Supreme Court.

      • Ed

        February 15, 2019 at 2:22 am

        So I wonder why all the whining about using the Emergency tool to get the wall done? Even by folks (GOP) who should have the President’s back. No one said squat when Obama used it THIRTEEN TIMES for his petty issues, but now all of a sudden it’s the worst path in the world for Trump to take?

        Looks like we’ve still got a lot of dredging left to do in the swamp!

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