Congress Reaches Agreement on New Border Security Construction
Congress recently reached an agreement with hopes of preventing another government shutdown while also providing financing construction for new border security. Congress agreed to fund nearly $1.4 billion towards 55 miles of new fencing along the US Mexico border.
This agreement is much less than the $5.7 billion that President Trump originally asked for to build a concrete wall 215 miles long. Congress also agreed to provide funding for more than 40,000 beds for ICE detainees. All in all, $1.7 billion will be spent this fiscal year by the Department of Homeland Security for technology, ports of entry security, and more.
President Trump has yet to sign off on the agreement, but agrees that neither party wants to see another shutdown. The agreement requires the President to sign off on it by midnight on February 15th, in order to avoid another shutdown.