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Trump not thrilled with budget deal

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/12/19, 01:12 pm

UPDATE: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was unhappy with the tentative budget deal that congressional negotiators proposed, but he still wants to avoid another partial government shutdown if possible. “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” he said at the White House. But one way or another, he added, “the wall’s getting built.”

OUR EARLIER REPORT (12:18 p.m.): Congressional negotiators reached an agreement Monday night to prevent another government shutdown, but the deal is more than $4 billion short of the budget President Donald Trump requested for wall along the U.S. southern border. The tentative budget allocates $1.4 billion for the construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border through the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. The amount would allow for about 55 miles of new fencing, far fewer than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December.

GOP negotiators said they were hopeful the president would support the agreement. The pact includes increases for new technologies like advanced screening at border entry points and additional customs officers, as well as humanitarian aid sought by Democrats. “We believe from our dealings with them and the latitude they’ve given us, they will support it,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., when asked about the White House stance on the deal. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said the measure would be publicly released as early as Tuesday afternoon.

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  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 01:28 pm

    I have read several articles in this week's paper (I live in Texas) about the plight of refugees crossing the border.

    1. Processing centers can process SIXTEEN A DAY.  If it's your lucky day, the process usually takes 3-4 hours.  Seeking asylum is a 5-6 year process, because the line is so long.

    2. Agents arrested dozens of illegals who were wanted for various crimes. Where were they enterring? AT THE BORDER. Entry points. We don't HAVE a wall, yet they were trying to enter at the check points. Most of the arrests for illegal entry (truckloads of drugs, traffickers, etc.) take place at the entry points. My personal opinion (and that of several border patrol agents I've talked to) is the money should be better spent increasing security, establishing more check points, hiring more processing agents, and see about speeding up the process. Not all refugees are criminals. 

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 04:15 pm

    How do you make more check points without a wall to make them line up at the check points?

  • Laura W
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 06:16 pm

    Yes, I keep telling people that if the process to come in legally was any good, we'd probably find that half our problems with people trying to sneak in illegally would disappear. And then we could focus on catching the people with a reason to avoid the law.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 01:49 pm

    News to Me: They can allegedly WALK across the border at any number of places (through people's private land, across Rio Grande, under a fence, over a fence) without going through a check point. I haven't personally checked out how easy it would be to "sneak" into the country.  I rely on the media and accounts from people who travel back and forth from Mexico. My point is, building a wall is not going to relieve the congestion at the existing checkpoints. 

  • DAD
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 03:21 pm

    DAD - President Trump should not back down on all the characteristics  of the Border Wall that he once championed.  The Democrats will vigorously fight until the wall becomes a "useless entity!"  We believed that President Trump would stand up, or declare an emergency that now he does not seem likely to carry out!   Hopefullly, I stand corrected!

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 04:18 pm


    Watch your back Trump! Pelosi is gunning for you. 

    It's very sad that it is more important to count the hours Trump works than to help the American people.

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 04:42 pm

    Obama transports billions to Iran, but Americans can't have a wall.


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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 09:18 pm

    To My Two Cents and Laura W: I agree with you. The president wants to build a wall and diminish legal immigration. Those are two very unhappy partners.

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    Pastor Bat Man
    Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 10:42 am

    So the Democrats are willing to compromise - really?  What are they compromising?  Wasn't 1.4 billion dollars part of what was rejected before?  Are they not still saying a fence on part of the border?  The only compromise that I see is from gutless Republicans who rather bnack down than endanger their offices due to a possible shutdown.  NOthing in the situation has changed.  The lack of a wall is still endangering our nation.  I certainly hope that our pPresident, President Trump will stand his ground and build the wall.  I hope that he gets elected for a second term, but better that he goes out doing what he believes is right than that he gets a second term but only by becoming a tool of the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi.