U.S. Senators Strike Bipartisan Deal on Emergency Border Funding

Tags: Currents Immigration, World News

Currents News Staff

A bipartisan deal was reached on June 18 regarding the ongoing border battle.

This news comes one day after President Trump tweeted a vague threat toward migrants trying to enter the U.S.

Senators reached a 4.6 billion dollar deal for emergency border funding.

“We propose that we give those countries real aid to fight the gangs, the MS-13, the drug dealers,” said New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.

The Appropriations Committee’s agreement ear-marks nearly three billion dollars for the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Administration officials told lawmakers that the department would be broke within weeks without the infusion.

Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to put it on the floor next week.

“I think that everybody is now convinced that we have an emergency at the border, a humanitarian crisis,” he said.

On a related note, the President brought up the border crisis as he officially launched his re-election bid Tuesday in Florida.

“We are building the wall, we’re going to have over 400 miles of wall built by the end of next year, it’s moving rapidly,” he said.

This is an issue many in his party say needs to be addressed immediately.

“In May we had over 140,000 illegal immigrants enter into this nation unlawfully,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

On June 17 Trump tweeted that millions of migrants who are in the U.S. illegally will start being removed next week.

Critics questioned that plan.

“It’s just sort of a cover for his policies that have really been a failure and remember that under the trump administration, the arrivals at our southern border that are unauthorized have surged,” said attorney Raul Reyes.

The President and the White House are offering no specific details about the planned immigrant roundup.