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ANOTHER Shutdown? Congressional Budget, Immigration Talks Stall Over Illegal Immigrant Detention Cap

The federal government may be headed for another shutdown after congressional budget negotiations collapsed Sunday over a Democrat proposal to cap the number of beds available in Customs and Border Protection facilities to house illegal immigrants caught trying to jump the border.

Republican officials told the Washington Examiner that a deal had almost been reached to continue funding the federal government beyond this Friday, when House Democrats proposed placing a cap on the number of captured illegal immigrants who can be housed at any given time at border patrol facilities.

“Currently there is no cap,” a senior Republican aide told the Examiner. “They want to put in a cap and have criminals count against it so the number gets smaller and smaller.”

Placing a cap on housing captured illegal immigrants would also require Customs and Border Protection agents to release those illegal immigrants who qualify as “non-violent” while they await processing on their asylum claims. The policy, it seems, would force a de facto “catch-and-release” system, similar to a policy in effect under the Obama administration, which allowed asylum seekers to remain in the country, unsupervised, pending an asylum hearing.

To no one’s surprise, many of those asylum seekers failed to report for adjudication.

The cap would also put a limit on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions, capping the number of illegal immigrants ICE can capture for deportation.

One prominent Democrat claimed that the proposed cap was designed to cut costs and force the Trump administration to be more efficient in handling criminal immigrants. “A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump admin to prioritize deportation for criminals and people posing real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants contributing to our country,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) tweeted Sunday.

PBS News reports that Democrats and Republicans hope to meet again Monday afternoon to discuss salvaging the deal reached over the weekend, but that neither side is hopeful.

The president, who tweeted about the issue Monday morning, seems similarly disillusioned.

The president has signaled that he lacks patience on the border wall issue, and that he believes he can declare a national emergency, requiring the federal government to allocate funds for the border wall. Although the White House has wavered on whether the president will actually go that route, they seem to be keeping the option open pending the outcome of this week’s budget negotiations.

Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have until Friday to reach an amicable solution or the federal government will shut down again.

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2 Comments

  1. Diana

    February 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Don’t care about the corrupt democratics socialist garbage I want the biggest and best wall ever and it to go very deep so no tunnels can be dug Trump should have NEVER stopped the other shut down he should have said the Workers will get half pay BUT congress senate won’t get a dime and there will be No NO pay back what they loose goes to Social Sercuity that will pay back some of what they have stolen over the years from taxpayers and all bill are to be read by everyone one that holds office if they don’t then they are to resign can’t do your job right with the little work they do then they are to be Fired no more obcare garbage read before it is singed really they should have to ask us Taxpayers we are their boss if we say NO then it’s NO Build the Wall

  2. fred

    February 11, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    WHEN DID THESE IDIOOTS FALL OUT OF THE TREE….TELLING LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE THEY CAN ONLY ARREST A CERTAIN NUMBER OF ILLEGALS,, NOW LETS GO TO OTHER CROME AND PUT THE SAME LIMITS AND SEE WHAT THE OUTCOME MIGHT BE??? OK,, EACH JURISDICTION CAN ONLY ARREST 2 DRUG DEALERS PER 100.000 PEOPLE..1 MURDERER SAME RATIO,,DUI 3 PER 100..000 QND ON AND ON,,,WE MUST BE FAIR ON THIS AO AS TO CONTROL PROFILING,,THIS PRACTICE WILL LET THE COURTS CATCH UP WITL THEIR CASE LOADS AND PRISION POPULATIONS WILL GET A DRASTIC REDUCTION ,,GO FOR IT DEMOCRATS

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