GOP senator: Border deal is 'a very good compromise'

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) said Thursday that she believes a spending bill reached by congressional appropriators that includes about $1.4 billion for border security is "a very good compromise."

“Maybe burned once here badly ... led to us, I think, a very good compromise that gives the president the ability to move forward with the plan that the professionals have told us they want and need at the border,” Capito said on CNN's "New Day." 

“It’s a great down payment for the president’s longer-term plan,” she added. “It puts us on a track for significant improvements.” 

The compromise bill, released late Wednesday, includes $1.375 billion for a barrier at the southern border. This is significantly less money that the $5.7 billion President Trump called for to construct a border wall.

The Senate and House are both slated to vote on the measure on Thursday.

Trump would then need to sign the spending bill by Friday to avoid another partial government shutdown.

The president told reporters he is "not happy" with the compromise bill because it does not provide all of the funds that he asked for.

Late last year, he said that he would be proud to shut down the government for a border wall. During the 35-down shutdown, his approval rating plummeted and many federal workers had to work without pay. 


Trump Can Win Again Only If Democrats Keep Moving Leftward

Even some ‘Never Trumpers’ are horrified by Democrats’ wild-eyed plans.

Donald Trump can’t win in 2020, but the Democrats can lose, and they seem determined to give it their best shot.

Straight-line predictions are the undoing of every pundit and prognosticator. But it seems safe to say that if present trends hold, President Trump has no path to winning a majority of the popular vote.

n 2016, Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million ballots. He carried the Electoral College by very narrow margins: about 10,000 votes in Michigan, 22,000 in Wisconsin, and 45,000 in Pennsylvania. In January, according to Morning Consult, Trump’s approval ratings in these states were 40 percent, 40 percent, and 43 percent, respectively. An NPR/PBS/Marist poll last month found that 57 percent of Americans say they will vote against Trump while a mere 30 percent said they will definitely vote for him. He is underwater in a slew of states any Republican needs to win, and he has never once broken 50 percent in approval ratings nationally.

Just going by the numbers, barring a compelling independent candidacy of someone likely to siphon votes from the Democratic column, it seems impossible for Trump to get reelected.

Of course, it’s not impossible, because we never get to the future as the crow flies. In the heat of an election, many Trump-skeptical Republicans and Republican-leaning voters will come home. But if that happens, it almost surely won’t happen because Trump moderated his behavior.

Thousands of sheriffs warn Congress about dangers associated with key component of possible immigration deal

Amid outrage over Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations under President Donald Trump's leadership, Congress is considering capping the number of beds available in ICE detention centers. The idea is that such a measure would slow the crackdown on illegal immigration, which in many cases, is uprooting and separating families that have lived peacefully in the United States for decades.

But according to two prominent law enforcement organizations, implementing detention ceilings would have disastrous impacts for American communities.

What could happen?

In a letter to Congress last week — which was obtained by the Daily Caller — the National Sheriffs' Association and Major County Sheriffs of America warned that capping the number of beds available in ICE detention centers would result in the release of thousands of convicted criminal illegal immigrants.

"Any legislation that reduces ICE's detention capacity would hinder its ability to perform its national security and public safety missions, but also impact local law enfocements [sic] ability to protect the communities they serve. In order to meet the cap being tentatively proposed by Congress, ICE would be compelled to release thousands of aliens from custody," the letter warned.

To achieve the proposed cap of 16,500 adult detainees, ICE would be required to release 9,264 adults. This is concerning, the law enforcement organizations said, because 72 percent of ICE's current detainee population is "subject to mandatory detention due to the alien having certain convictions or having committed certain acts."

Also, more than 90 percent of ICE arrests constitute illegal immigrants with existing criminal convictions — not illegal immigrants whose only offense is living in the U.S. illegally.

"Capping the number of detention beds utilized by ICE not only jeopardizes the integrity of the immigration system, but would cripple ICE's ability to detain criminal aliens and other aliens who pose a risk to public safety or are a flight risk," the letter explained.

What is Congress considering?

As part of nuanced negotiations to prevent a government shutdown last December, lawmakers discussed limiting ICE detention centers for only immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol.

Negotiations stalled during the government shutdown in December and January, but have begun again in hopes of crafting an immigration deal to prevent another government shutdown, the Washington Examiner reported.

A shutdown looms because Trump demands Congress finance a border wall while Democrats, who control the House, refuse to appropriate the funds for such a project.



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