Time is running for President Trump and the Congress. A deal on the border wall funding must be accepted until Friday to avoid a new partial government shutdown.
A bipartisan border deal is on the table. The Senate is expected to vote. The compromise measure, assembled by senior members of both parties on Monday night, includes just $1.375 billion for new fencing along the border with Mexico. The agreement also authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to fund about 40,000 beds for detainees, many of them in centers run by for-profit companies and ICE near the border in Texas, Arizona and California. The border security agreement deprives Mr. Trump and his Republican base of a victory on the wall, but it gives more money for border fencing and immigration detention than the left wing of the Democratic Party wanted. “I don’t want to see a shutdown. A shutdown would be a terrible thing,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday.
He also affirmed that he has “options that most people don’t understand” to build his border wall without congressional approval. Mr. Trump said the White House had not seen the legislative text of the deal, and when aides do, “we’ll be looking for land mines.”White House officials are still looking at how to allocate additional money and have considered pulling from Army Corps of Engineers projects in California and Puerto Rico.