Democratic and Republican lawmakers are expected to allocate funds to build the wall
United States-Today Agree in principle Democratic and Republican congressmen Avoid closing in the new U.S. government, And President Donald Trump upheld the supposed benefits of his wall in a speech in the city of El Paso, which borders Mexico.
The lawmakers estimate that it will cost 1.3 billion U.S. dollars to build a new barrier of approximately 90 kilometers on the border with Mexico, which is far beyond the original White House request. It still needs to be voted by Congress and approved by the President.
“We have reached an agreement,” Senator Richard Shelby, one of the top Republican negotiators, told CNN after the meeting.
Donald Trump still demands the release of about $5 billion for the construction of the controversial wall.
The presidential campaign for the wall was to crack down on illegal immigrants from Central America, who insisted in El Paso on Monday night that the wall would help “save lives.”
In the face of the possible withdrawal of the Congressional deadlock, the president still avoided. He added: “They say that progress has been made… We may have good news, but who knows.”
The last government shutdown lasted 35 days, setting a record in American history. The president finally made a concession at the end of January and signed a law to pay the salaries of about 800,000 federal employees.
The new deadline is set at February 15.
Faced with the controversy, the White House threatened to declare a special emergency to release the necessary funds without passing Congress.
The President of the United States can invoke the national “emergency” to activate extraordinary powers, According to the National Emergency Act of 1976.
Trump realizes that this initiative will not reach agreement among its supporters. It will trigger a fierce political and legal battle. So far, Trump has avoided this step.
The president used the El Paso rally to criticize Beto O’Rourke, a rising star of the Democratic Party, and held another rally not far from there.
The former congressman is about to win a seat in the Texas Senate from Republican Ted Cruz in November and promised to decide on his possible presidential ambitions by the end of February. He demanded that “lie and hatred” be in line with “the truth and a positive vision of the future of the Mexican border, even ambitious.”
The demonstration aimed to condemn “Trump’s obsession with the border wall and the twisted prism he described life in El Paso.”
The president uses this city as an example in his annual congressional speeches. He said: “It has an extremely high rate of violent crime and is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the country.”