Congressional bargainers have completed a bipartisan border security compromise that gives President
Summaries of the legislation say that besides nearly
That includes money for inspection equipment for border ports of entry. There is more than
The measure would begin reducing the number of unauthorized immigrants the
The bill would prevent a partial federal shutdown that would begin Saturday. Congressional approval is expected Thursday and Trump’s signature is considered likely.
As of this week, the military had installed about 105 miles of wire barriers along the border, and plans to put in another 140 miles of concertina wire. The bulk of that will be in
Many of the troops who have been serving on the border mission are going home. As of Monday, there were a bit more than 2,000 active-duty forces there. That number is expected to go up to more than 4,300.
Even by Trump standards of exaggeration, that’s a huge leap.
The estimated height for some proposed barriers runs as high as 30 feet.
Trump made the claim during a speech Wednesday to a conference of the
He says the wall is “very, very on its way” and says people will have to be in extremely good physical shape to scale it. He says migrants trying to cross illegally “would be able to climb
Asked by reporters whether he planned to back the deal, Trump said Wednesday he would be taking “a very serious look,” but declined to tip his hand.
He says, “we’re going to look at the legislation when it comes and I’ll make a determination.”
Still, Trump reiterated his desire to avoid another government shutdown, following the 35-day partial closure that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, saying another closure “would be a terrible thing.”
Trump is also insisting that, no matter what, “We’re going to have a great wall.”
Trump says he isn’t happy with the compromise and has yet to say he will sign the tentative deal if it passes
Lawmakers from both parties have reached a deal that would provide nearly
Trump says he’s looking to supplement border wall funding with money from other parts of the government.