Now that the “” brokered by Congressional Republicans is out in the open, it looks like the group needs to take lessons from the president in the Art of the Deal. The details are absolutely or what the people really want to see happen .
The bipartisan offer to President Trump falls short of the $5.7 billion that the White House requested in border wall funding, providing just $1.375 billion in total to construct about 55 miles of new physical barriers in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, sector of the southern border. The full text of the legislation can be read here. Section 230 discusses border construction funding — which appears to limit new construction to bollard fencing:
The amounts designated in subsection (a)(l) shall only be available for operationally effective designs de20 ployed as of the date of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), such as currently deployed steel bollard designs, that prioritize agent safety.
Roughly $100 million will fund “new border security technology.”
Meanwhile, the offer includes $415 million in “humanitarian relief specifically for medical care, transportation, food, and cloth” and funds “humanitarian improvements” for the McAllen, Texas, processing center and for a new El Paso, Texas U.S. Border Patrol processing center.
The spending deal attempts to reduce overall detention of border crossers and illegal aliens by limiting the number of beds at federal detention centers to only 40,250 — far less than the 52,000 the Trump administration requested.
The limited detention space will mean that current rates of Catch and Release — where border crossers and illegal aliens are released into the interior of the U.S. — will continue as they have throughout 2017 and 2018.
While reducing detention space for federal immigration officials, the spending deal ramps up what is known as “Alternative to Detention” (ATD) programs that effectively allow for illegal aliens and border crossers to be released into the U.S. with ankle monitors.
All of this adds up to not what We the People want and not what the Border Patrol wants, either. Ankle bracelet monitoring does not work, bollard fence designs are not effective and are currently being replaced, catch and release needs to go away, not be expanded…
This is not a good deal regardless of Senator Lindsay Graham calling it a “down payment.” It will be interesting how the master of the Art of the Deal receives it.