There is a deal now to avoid a government shutdown and it provides funding for the border wall. The President wanted $5 billion for the border wall, but in the State of the Union he had this to say:
This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall. It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way down.
The Border Patrol, since the Obama Administration, has been asking for approximately $1.8 billion for upgrades and expansions of the existing border barriers. This deal will reportedly allocate $1.375 billion of that request. That will get them 55 miles of border barriers, or just five miles short of what President Trump last requested.
In exchange, Democrats agreed to drop their demand to restrict the number of people who can be detained by Immigration and Custom Enforcement at a time. Negotiators agreed to fund a total of 40,520 detention beds for ICE, a roughly 17 percent reduction from current levels, the aide said.But one Republican source was quick to dispute Democrats’ account, saying the $1.375 billion in barrier funding can be used for “new miles of border wall.” The same Republican source suggested that the deal had enough flexibility to actually reach the president’s requested level of 52,000 beds, far above the negotiated level.Details of the final deal may not be released until Wednesday, which has both parties aggressively attempting to spin the proposal as a win.
As the President said he would compromise and allow the border patrol to set the parameters on new barriers and this comes close to their pre-existing request, I think he should sign off on this compromise. It is not as much as conservatives have wanted, but it relies on the border patrol’s expert opinion and gets them what they need.