An Agreement “In Principle” ✒️

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Cutting it close

Lawmakers reached an agreement on Monday to fund border security, avoiding the impending partial government shutdown, which would have taken effect this weekend.

Border security and beds

The prospect of another shutdown had loomed large on Monday, as Republicans and Democrats sparred over border security and immigration control. They hit one last snag over the number of the beds kept for immigrants detained by ICE (Immigration Control and Enforcement) before the deal was made.


LEANING LEFT:

New York Times: Negotiators reach deal ‘in principle’ on border security to avoid shutdown

The AP: The Latest: Budget deal calls for far less border wall money

Sources on the left present the deal, at least superficially, as a victory for Democrats. They include quotes from leaders who are anti-aggressive immigration enforcement such asRepresentative Lucille Roybal-Allard, and the deputy national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Lawmakers reach 'agreement in principle' in border security talks, with $1.3B for barrier

Breitbart: Democrats seeking end to immigration enforcement, GOP conceding on wall

Sources on the right highlight Republicans' concession for less (but still some) physical wall funding. Some include statistics about immigrants with criminal records, or refer to different methods (like finding alternative funding or declaring a state of emergency) of sourcing wall funding.


Final deal remains a secret

As of this writing, the full details of the agreement are still unknown to the public. The extent to which this agreement “in principle” will be put into practice is yet to be seen. One thing is clear, however, from the last two months of bitter negotiations: Americans are desperately tired of partisanship, political football, and dysfunctional government.

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