Just before the president spoke at his rally in El Paso, TX, Fox News host Sean Hannity spoke with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Hannity spoke with the senator about a proposed cap on the number of beds for people detained at the southern border.
This interview came just a few hours after deliberations between Republicans and Democrats and the word was that they reached “an agreement in principle” on legislation to fund the government past the Friday deadline and avert another shutdown.
The deal apparently included $1.375 billion for physical barriers (55 miles of bollard fencing, but no wall), and a reduction in overall ICE detention beds from the current 49,057 level to 40,520, according to a congressional aide.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has talked with President Trump extensively about immigration, does not think the president will support the bill because he won’t agree to capping the ICE beds.
“I know the president will never sign a bill that caps bed space for violent offenders because that is crazy,” Graham said on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday. “It’s dangerous. You will incentivize more illegal immigration.” He pronounced it a “bad deal. “It’s a dangerous concept,” Graham said. “The president will not agree to it. To get more wall money to limit bed space is a bad, dangerous deal.”
President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have slammed Democrats for demanding a cap, accusing them of trying to hinder ICE’s ability to detain violent criminals. “The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens! This is a brand new demand. Crazy!” the president wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
The agreement is already alienating members of the conservative Freedom Caucus. “While the President was giving a great speech in El Paso, Congress was putting together a bad deal on immigration,” GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, of Ohio, tweeted. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, called the conference agreement “hardly a serious attempt to secure our border or stop the flow of illegal immigration.”
A clip of Hannity’s show is below, you can watch the portion with Graham at the 17 minute mark.
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