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Such a deal


Added 02-12-19 12:31:01am EST - “Congressional leaders reportedly have reached a tentative deal on immigration/the border. The deal apparently would grant just $1.375 billion for 55 miles of fencing along the border. President Trump seeks $5.7 billion for more than…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Congressional leaders reportedly have reached a tentative deal on immigration/the border. The deal apparently would grant just $1.375 billion for 55 miles of fencing along the border. President Trump seeks $5.7 billion for more than 200 miles.

In addition, the deal reportedly reduces an overall cap on detention beds maintained by ICE. Republican staffers are saying that ICE would have enough money and flexibility to maintain its current detention levels, but even current bed levels are inadequate. As I understand it, Trump is seeking an increase of about 25 percent.

As described in reports, this looks like a bad deal. Wall funding would be insufficient to enable Trump to keep his signature campaign promise and insufficient to secure the border.

It’s clear, though, the Democrats aren’t going to agree to wall funding at a sufficient level. What, then, are Trump’s options?

He could refuse to accept the deal. But if congressional Republicans are agreeable to it, Trump will be politically isolated if he doesn’t sign on.

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