Donald Trump border wall: Does new shutdown deal GUARANTEE Mexico border wall?


Donald Trump and House Democrats have reached a new deal to ward off another government shutdown, just weeks after a previous impasse on border wall left government workers furloughed for a month. The vital agreement came just days before funding was meant to run out for government agencies following tentative reopening three weeks ago. Mr Trump claims the newest agreement should be effective in keeping the government running but still railed against the Democrats. He said: ”I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown. If you did have it, it’s the Democrats fault.”

Does the new shutdown deal guarantee a border wall?

The latest agreement is yet to be signed in by President Trump, so nothing is set in stone yet.

Details of the new deal are currently under wraps but aides have revealed there is a pocket of funding for Mexico’s border.

However, according to these aides, the funding isn’t exactly what Mr Trump was expecting.

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Aides close to the government say some £1.66 billion ($1.375bn) has been set aside for the Mexican border but not a wall.

The money is instead destined for a fence composed of metal slats, to be built in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

Fencing will stretch 55 miles across the border, just 5.5 percent of Trump’s proposed 2,000-mile long barrier.

The new agreement is a far cry from Mr Trump’s original campaign promise, and the President has voiced his frustration.

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Talking in El Paso on Tuesday, the President said: ”I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick.

“I am extremely unhappy with what the Democrats have given us.”

Mr Trump still needs to confirm the deal by signing the proposed bill this Friday.

Democrats have also been forced to make concessions themselves in order to get the deal through.

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According to those close to the new bill, Democrats have agreed to cut the number of beds in immigration detention centres.

These centres are used to house immigrants while officials decide whether they are admitted to the country or deported.

Democrats have agreed to cut the number of beds available to immigrants by almost 10,000 according to reports, from 49,057 to 40,250.

This would mean fewer immigrants are kept in the US.


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