American lawmakers strike $4.5 billion deal on US-Mexico border funds

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Washington DC, June 19: US lawmakers have on Tuesday reached an agreement worth $4.5 billion regarding a border wall between Mexico and the United States, The Hill reported.

According to Sputnik news reports, the agreement, made by top Democrats in the panel – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senate appropriations committee chairperson Richard Shelby (R-Ala) – would provide the border services worth over $4.5 billion.

The border package includes humanitarian aid worth $3.3 billion what the White House believed will be used to hike care and shelter programme for unaccompanied minors, including to process new migrants arrivals.

The largest part of the package will be spent over humanitarian aid for the migrants which were arrested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including funding for caretaking and processing staff.

The remaining funds will be then used for operations such as providing more probe resources and a hike in the number of detention beds, The Hill reported.

Democrats stated they have approved the funding in order to provide funds to enforce the US President Donald Trump’s border and immigration policies.

“President Trump’s proposal had some things that are very needed, which we would support, had some things that are off the table, and some things that would be in a gray area. […] I’d like to see some kind of action that deals with the humanitarian crisis and can pass both the Senate and the House because we’ve got to get it done. It’s serious,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters.

On Wednesday, the agreement will get marked for Senate appropriate committee and is likely to receive a vote in the US Senate ahead of the week’s end. The report says, the agreement must nonetheless overcome various obstacles before arriving on Trump’s desk.



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