The tentative border-wall compromise deal reached Monday night while President Trump was making his speech at a rally in El Paso, is “garbage,” said Fox New’s Sean Hannity. He wasn’t the only one.
Republican lawmakers who have backed Trump’s call for $5.7 billion in infrastructure funding said the deal is a no deal as the Friday deadline looms for another partial government shutdown. The deal must still pass a vote in the House and Senate. It will then be sent to the President for his signature.
“By the way, on this new so-called compromise,” Hannity said. “I’m getting details. $1.3 billion? That’s not even a wall, a barrier… We will get back into this tomorrow. Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain—look at this crowd, look at the country.”
Similarly, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and other lawmakers, voiced their displeasure with the deal on Twitter.
“While the President was giving a great speech in El Paso, Congress was putting together a bad deal on immigration,” said Jordan.
According to lawmakers the deal would keep the levels of beds requested by ICE at last years budget numbers, roughly 40,520 beds.
While the President was giving a great speech in El Paso, Congress was putting together a bad deal on immigration.#DoWhatWeSaid
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 12, 2019
The potential compromise, would allocate only $1.375 billion to build only 55 miles to extend new border barriers along the U.S. Mexico border, which is roughly 2,000 miles in length. The president has called for the construction of 200 miles of new wall in areas requested by federal law enforcement. Border Patrol agents and ICE officers said the barriers are necessary to better allocate resources and secure the border.
Hannity referenced a CBS survey, revealing over 76 percent of Americans approved of Trump’s State of the Union address.
“Even they say 72 percent of the American people want the heroin to stop, the cartels to stop, the gang members to stop, and those that wish us ill,” Hannity said.
Likewise, Trump also displayed his frustration with the slow-going negotiations. Trump said he did not have time to go over the details of the compromise before the rally.
“They say that progress is being made,” he told the cheering crowd. “Just so you know. Just now, just now. I said wait a minute, I gotta take care of my people from Texas. I got to go. I don’t even want to hear about it.”
The congressional compromise, however, may not mean Trump won’t get the wall he wants.
White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday, if Trump can’t get the funding for the border wall from Congress, he can get the funding through “reprogramming.”