Border Wall Negotiations Break Down, Trump Eyes National Emergency
Democrats stall talks over border security a government down looms
As border wall negotiations crumbled again, the chances President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency is becoming increasingly likely.
Following the Democrats demand that detention bed funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house detained illegal immigrants be reduced, the talks stalled.
But lead Republican negotiator Sen. Richard Shelby said that the chances of a deal l are “50/50.”
According to sources, the President has begun to talk more about declaring a national emergency.
Last week, House Democrats proposed legislation to stop President Donald Trump using taxpayer money to build his border wall through emergency declaration.
Democrats including Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and five others proposed the bill on the day Trump pledged to build his wall one way or another.
But Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Fox News he “absolutely cannot” rule out yet another shutdown.
He later added Trump is “going to do whatever he legally can to secure the border.”
The President said last Friday there is a “good chance” he will declare a national emergency to have the wall constructed.
“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that,” Trump referring to the emergency declaration.
According to the daily caller: Trump has signaled to White House negotiators and Capitol Hill Republicans that he is willing to accept a $2 billion figure in border wall funding, two sources close to the process tell the Caller.
Democrats, however, have made any acceptance of this figure contingent on an agreement to limit funding for ICE detention beds.
“President is on sound legal ground to declare a National Emergency. There have been 58 National Emergencies declared since the law was enacted in 1976, and 31 right now that are currently active, so this is hardly unprecedented.” Congressman @tommcclintock— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens! This is a brand new demand. Crazy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019
Boys play around, climbing the border division between Mexico and the US in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on January 26, 2017.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday told Mexico's president to cancel an upcoming visit to Washington if he is unwilling to foot the bill for a border wall.
Escalating a cross border war of words, Trump took to Twitter to publicly upbraid Enrique Pena Nieto.
"If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting."
Democrats say that a cap on ICE detention beds will disincentivize the agency from detaining illegal aliens who have not committed crimes in the U.S.
“A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country,” Congressional negotiator Lucille Roybal-Allard said in a Sunday statement.
Republicans and ICE itself counter that putting a cap on the number of illegal aliens it is capable of detaining would in effect mean free rein for murderers and gang criminals convicted of felonies.
An administration source involved in the process expressed outrage at the demand to the Caller, noting that the Democratic lawmakers are essentially risking another government shutdown or a national emergency declaration to secure status for people in the country illegally.
“Illegals over Americans,” the source said to the Caller.
Trump also expressed outrage at the Democratic demand on Twitter Monday morning, saying:
Trump is likely to share his thoughts on the developments at a Monday evening rally in El Paso, Texas which is set to take place less than 1,000 feet from a border wall.