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Border wall bill is out, here are some highlights:
here are the areas Trump cannot build any wall
The bill gives $1.375 billion for constructing a "wall"/pedestrian fencing
$725 million for technology
They can only be used to make steel bollard design... no concrete wall, no prototypes. Same thing as what Bush and Obama built... just a little bit taller
The bill secures more than $3.1 billion in foreign health services, more than twice for the wall
Sec. of DHS cannot increase border crossing fees
Border "Wall" construction is only allowed in the Rio Grande Valley Sector
Other highlights:
$415 million for humanitarian aide
$77 million for opioid equipment
1,200 new Customs and Border Patrol Agents
The bill DOES expand Catch and Release by reducing the number of border beds from 49,060 to 40,520
No funding for additional enforcement and removal field personnel. - that means no more ICE agents to deport people already in the country.
Expands the Alternatives to Detention program from 82,000 to 100,000... so instead of housing family units at the border- they get moved into the interior where they almost always stay in the country permanently.
Provides $40 million for additional ICE staffing dedicated to overall ATD case management, particularly for asylum seekers... so no new ICE agents, but money to ICE to help illegal aliens settle in a non-detention center in the country
The bill gives over $1 billion for the Smithsonian...
$3.4 billion in refugee assistance - $74 million more than last year
$4.4 billion in international disaster assistance - $100 million more than last year
Does not eliminate any foundations that Trump wanted to get rid of including: The Asia Foundation, the U.S. African Development Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Israel, Ukraine, and Jordan receive $5.3 billion
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