Republicans and Democrats tentatively agreed Monday night to a spending measure that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. The deal would finance construction of new barriers along the US-Mexico border and prevent the government from shutting down for a second time in 2019.
The recent shutdown left more than 800,000 government workers without paychecks, forced postponement of the State of the Union address, and hurt President Trump’s poll numbers. The president agreed to a temporary reopening of the government after 35 days without getting money for the wall.
Complete details won’t be officially released until some time Tuesday, but here’s what we know so far about the agreement the congressional negotiators say they have worked out.
The deal provides nearly $1.4 billion in funding for barrier construction along the US-Mexico border
Is the funding for a wall? Not exactly. President Trump has requested $5.7 billion for his campaign promise and this deal includes less than a quarter of that amount. Monday’s agreement means 55 miles of new fencing — not a concrete wall, which Trump once touted — instead of the 215 miles the White House previously demanded.
This deal includes increases in Homeland Security funding
That means advanced screening and new technologies at points of entry, additional customs officers, and more humanitarian aid.
The deal lowers the maximum number of people Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is allowed to detain at once
The cap on the number of ICE detention beds will drop to 40,520. That would be down from the approximately 49,000 in detention at last count.
A dispute over ICE reportedly derailed discussions this weekend between the parties, but Democrats eventually dropped a proposal to cap the number of detainees ICE could capture in areas away from the border, smoothing the path to a deal.
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