Trump and DeSantis Slam Budget Deal That Would ‘Give’ Biden Authority to Shut Down the Border

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Trump and DeSantis Slam Budget Deal That Would ‘Give’ Biden Authority to Shut Down the Border

The day after President Joe Biden made overtures to the Congress to be given authority to purportedly address the border crisis — authority that he already has as the nation’s chief executive — as part of a compromise budget deal, former President Donald Trump blasted Biden for his duplicitous argument.

“A bad border deal is far worse than no border deal,” Trump wrote in all-caps on Truth Social.

The bipartisan agreement, which Senate negotiators have yet to agree on, could give Biden’s administration the right to close the border if certain thresholds for daily border crossings are reached.

“What’s been negotiated would – if passed into law – be the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we’ve ever had in our country,” Biden had said in a statement Friday.

“It would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law,” he added.

Gov. Ron DeSantis also exposed the “farce” of a budget deal.

“Stopping the invasion at our border is a matter of will,” he said. “It doesn’t require a so-called deal that codifies into law illegal entries in excess of 1.8 million per year and provides incentives for future illegal immigration.”

Fox News’ Bill Melugin gave the thrust of the budget compromise as it stood on Friday evening, per his sources on Capitol Hill.

This is what Melugin relayed:

BREAKING: Senate border deal details, per source familiar I just had a call with.

– Mandatory detention of all single adults.

– Mandatory “shut down” of border once average daily migrant encounters hits 5,000. Importantly, this 5,000 number includes 1,400 CBP One app entries at ports of entry per day, and roughly 3,600 illegal crossings per day.

– How is that enforced? Once the 5,000 threshold is hit, a new authority is codified into law that requires Border Patrol to immediately remove illegal immigrants they catch without processing. They would not get to request asylum, they would immediately be removed. This includes removals back to Mexico, and deportations to home countries. Under this new authority – they are not processed, and they are mandatorily immediately removed once the “shut down” threshold is reached.

– The “shut down” would not lift the next day. It wouldn’t lift until daily encounters are reduced to under 75% of the 5,000 threshold for at least two weeks. This means the “shut down” authority would not lift until two weeks of an average of less than 3,750 migrant encounters per day.

– Some family units will be released with ATD (Alternatives to Detention, ankle monitors etc).

– New removal authority to immediately remove all migrants who do not have valid asylum claims, which will be determined within 6 months rather than the years long process we have right now.

– Any migrant caught trying to cross twice during “shut down” phase would be banned from entering US for one year.

– US will need agreement with Mexico for MX to take back non Mexican illegal immigrants. This hasn’t been ironed out yet.

– President Biden approves of the deal and is ready to sign it as is, right now, and implement the new authority it would give him.

The budget deal would also tie Ukraine and Israel funding to any more funding for U.S. border security.