McConnell urges Trump to support border security deal

McConnell urges Trump to support border security deal

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, Sept. 25, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the agreement "a good deal." (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged President Donald Trump to support a border security agreement reached by lawmakers on a bipartisan-bicameral conference committee.

“I think it’s a good step in the right direction; I hope he’ll decide to sign it,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference on Tuesday.

The agreement was reached on Monday night and has yet to be put in writing. Under the deal, Republicans would secure $1.3 billion for a physical barrier or wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money would be used to build about 55 miles of barricades in the Rio Grande Valley. In return, Democrats would obtain an agreement to limit the number of beds for detainees held at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities to about 45,000.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he is “not happy” with the proposal. However, the president hinted that he might sign the legislation in order to prevent another partial government shutdown.

Funding for nine executive departments is set to expire at midnight on Saturday.

Trump has said that a wall must be a part of any border security agreement but it is unclear if $1.3 billion will suffice. The administration previously requested $5.7 billion for the wall. Moreover, Trump has said that, if necessary, he will declare a national emergency to get the wall built.

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