Moments ago Trump told reporters that he’s “not happy” about the deal reached on Monday night to keep the government open past Friday, and while he did not say whether or not he would support the bill, he said would hold a meeting later today to consider the compromise.
President Trump has not yet decided if he’ll support a bipartisan congressional border security deal which provides just $1.375 billion for 55 new miles of border fencing in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley area – far short of the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded for his signature campaign promise, reports Bloomberg, citing an administration official.
Five million Latin Americans plan to migrate to the United States in the next 12 months, and an estimated 42 million more say they want to enter the country.
Those statistics were in a report from Jim Clifton, the chairman and CEO at Gallup:
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the press that “there will not be another shutdown” over the proposed border wall. She also said she will fully support any resolution that the bipartisan committee in charge of the negotiations come up with, even if it includes full wall funding.
Chances are strong that it will. Nancy says that as the negotiations continue, “left to their own devices,” an agreement will be reached as early as Friday. Democratic rep from N.Y. Nina Lowey, who leads the conference committee, told reporters negotiations are happening and could be settled in enough time for the House and Senate to vote on new appropriation bills before the February 15 deadline.
Mexican authorities in two border states announced the arrival of nearly 2,000 Central American migrants who are part of a caravan headed for the border cities Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo. The area between those two municipalities does not feature any type of fencing or barriers like the ones a previous caravan encountered in California.
The Democrats have presented their border security counter-offer. Their $8 billion roll-out for addressing the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border features a new icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard operating near Alaska’s northern coast. The icebreaker offer will cost anywhere from $700 million to $1 billion, depending on how many are purchased. With a total offer reportedly totaling around $8 billion according to some scattered news reports. With the southern border in crisis, leave it to the Democrats to focus on what’s going on at Alaska’s northern coast.
There are three caravans headed to the United States’ southern border with Mexico, according to top Pentagon official John Rood.
Rood testified to the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that one of the caravans contains over 12,000 migrants.
“Current information shows that a caravan of over 12,000 people — there’s three that we are tracking, that the DHS is tracking en route, one that is over 12,000 by the latest estimate,” said Rood, who is the under secretary of Defense for policy.