Dems Latest Stunt To Force Gov't Shutdown: Drastically Reduce ICE Beds
The Democrats' latest attempt to force another government shutdown is focusing on limiting ICE beds, essentially calling for illegal aliens not to be detained, and thousands upon thousands of ICE detainees to be put back on the streets of America.
Democrat leftists and socialists are pressuring the party to defund ICE entirely, and allow illegals to flow freely into America, without fear of deportation. The number of beds Democrats are attempting to extort from Republicans would all but ensure that the vast majority of illegal aliens will never be arrested and detained by ICE and deported.
We are either a nation of laws, or we are not. It is crystal clear now. Democrats do not consider entering America illegally to be a crime. There is no such thing as a law-abiding illegal alien.
WASHINGTON — Congressional efforts to reach a border security deal ahead of another government shutdown broke down on Sunday over Democratic demands to limit the detention of undocumented immigrants, as President Trump moved more troops to the border and prepared to rally supporters in Texas on Monday.
The 17 House and Senate negotiators had hoped to finalize a border security agreement on Monday, but hours before that deadline, communications had stopped, lawmakers and aides said.
Meantime, the Trump administration was moving on its own to fortify the southwestern border with thousands of active-duty military troops. The number of deployed troops on the Mexican border was set to exceed the high of 5,900 reached around the November elections, as about 3,700 active-duty troops were being sent to assist with the Department of Homeland Security’s border patrol efforts.
The impasse appears to center on Democratic demands for a limit on the number of unauthorized immigrants already in the country who could be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, according to aides familiar with the talks. Democrats say a cap of 16,500 beds in ICE detention centers would force the Trump administration to focus on detaining undocumented immigrants with criminal records instead of using indiscriminate sweeps that drag in otherwise law-abiding residents.
“For far too long, the Trump administration has been tearing communities apart with its cruel immigration policies,” Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democrat of California and one of the negotiators, said on Sunday. “A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country.”
Republicans demanded an exception to the cap for criminals, according to an aide familiar with the negotiations. Democrats declined, saying their 16,500-bed cap left more than enough room for real criminals.