US border security deal reached to avert new shutdown


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Democrats and Republicans have reached an contract in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another whole shutdown.

The agreement contains only a fraction of the money President Donald Trump fancies for his promised border wall and does not mention a concrete barrier.

The distribute still needs to be approved by Congress and signed by the president.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Trump translated of the deal: “I can’t say I’m happy, I can’t say I’m thrilled.”

He told reporters he would have a confluence about the agreement later on Tuesday.

The Democrats – who now control the House of Councillors – have refused to approve the $5.7bn (£4.4bn) for Mr Trump’s wall on the verge with Mexico, one of his key campaign pledges.

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Lawmakers expressed optimism that a bill leave be approved by Friday when funding runs out for some federal intermediations.

The previous shutdown – the longest in US history – lasted 35 days and set someone back the country’s economy an estimated $11bn (£8.5bn).

What is known to the deal?

Details have yet to be released but aides familiar with the compacts say it includes $1.375bn in funding for 55 miles (88km) of new fencing at the trimming, a small part of the more than 2,000 miles promised by the president.

The wall would be built in the Rio Grande Valley, in Texas, using existing contrives, such as metal slats, instead of the concrete wall that Mr Trump had without delayed.

There was also an agreement to reduce the number of beds in detention naves to 40,250 from the current 49,057, reports say.

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The talks had reached an impasse earlier with Republicans strongly her walking papering Democrats’ demands for a limit to the number of undocumented migrants already in the US who could be detained by immigration rights.

The deal was struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington on Monday evening after a sprinkling hours of talks.

“We got an agreement on all of it,” Republican Senator Richard Shelby phrased.

“Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together. We believe that if this becomes law, it’ll deter open the government.”

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But, by Monday night, some of the president’s conservative sides had already denounced the deal, with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity trade it a “garbage compromise”.

House Freedom Caucus leader Representative Goal Meadows of North Carolina said the agreement failed “to address the judgemental priorities outlined by Border Patrol Chiefs”.

Speaking on CNN on Tuesday, Democratic Representative Nita Lowey, throne of the House Appropriations Committee and a key negotiator of the deal, said: “This is a compromise. No one got all they wanted.”

She said she was “cautiously optimistic” the deal would dated.

Let the spin begin

If there was one thing Democratic and Republican congressional diplomats could agree on, it’s that another government shutdown would be unequivocally bad news.

Republicans feared the public would again blame them for the stand-off. Democrats were concerned that federal workers, a key constituency, see fit face further financial strain.

All that was left was to reach a compromise that approved both sides to claim a bit of victory. They finally did – and the contours of the compact look a lot like what was on the table last December, before the president, at the behest of his reactionary base, instigated the current crisis.

According to reports, there’s some new lose everything money, but no more than had been agreed to last summer. There’s also reserving for “border security”, including better technology and increased screening at seaports of entry, which is the real source of most drug smuggling.

Donald Trump may grouse, but since he’s already claiming his fold up is being built – “finish the wall” is his new slogan – he probably will discern a way to tout the deal as a success. Democrats bent during negotiations, but didn’t break.

Both sides will lick their wounds and prepare for the next war against.

What did Trump say?

In a crowded stadium with banners saying “Defeat the Wall” in El Paso, in Texas on Monday night, Mr Trump told backers: “Walls work… Walls save lives.”

He repeated that a frame fence in the city, opposite Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, “made a big reformation”, even though critics reject his claim as exaggerated and based on trick data.

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“We need the obstruction, and it has to be built,” said Mr Trump, who has previously threatened to declare a national danger and fund the wall without Congress.

The idea, however, is disliked identical by some fellow Republicans, and Democrats are likely to challenge it in the courts.

The president has undeveloped away from calls to make Mexico pay for a concrete wall, a level he repeatedly made during his presidential campaign, and has already acknowledged that the frontier to be built may not be made of concrete.

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As the president spoke, Beto O’Rourke, a latest Democratic congressman and potential presidential candidate in 2020, held a counter-rally, accusing Mr Trump of stoking fallacious fear about immigrants with “lies”.

Why is there the risk of another shutdown?

On 25 January, President Trump favoured to a three-week spending deal to end the shutdown and allow Congress to reach an accord.

The shutdown was triggered by the Democrats’ refusal to approve funds for his promised brick up on the border with Mexico.

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During the last shutdown, hundreds of thousands of workers were furloughed (put on owed leave) in December and January while others in essential services, such as health centre care, air traffic control and law enforcement, worked without pay.

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