President Donald Trump told rally attendees in El Paso, Texas that he would be sure to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, regardless of whether he has Congress’ permission to do so.
“Just so you know, we’re building the wall anyway,” Trump said at the rally. El Paso is a border town that sits directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico.
The president’s speech was delivered just hours after a bipartisan group of lawmakers came to an agreement on a funding deal for the government in principle that would denture another partial government shutdown and include a lesser amount of money than what the president had requested for a border barrier.
According to The Hill, the president said that he would not sign any deal that reduced the number of detention beds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“If we cut detention space, we are cutting loose dangerous criminals into our countries,” Trump said. “I will never sign a bill that forces the mass release of criminals into this country.”
The committee’s current plan would include a drastic reduction of the number of ICE beds, down from Trump’s requested 52,000 beds.
“A congressional source told The Hill that the deal will include $1.375 billion for physical barriers, including 55 miles of new structures near the Rio Grande sector of the border. But the money is well short of Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding,” The Hill reported.
The president, however, said that he was told that “progress is being made on the talks” and that he was advised to stay in Washington to monitor the progress, but he told the El Paso crowd that, “I choose (to be with) you.”
Fox News’ Sean Hannity called the bipartisan deal a “garbage compromise” and that any Republican who supports it will “have to explain.”