Late Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he and his fellow Senate Democrats were open to inking a deal with President Donald Trump to provide partial funding for the president’s border wall.
Instead of demanding the border wall be excluded from funding in a budget fight set to take place next month, Schumer told reporters that he’s willing to allocate as much as $1.6 billion for the border wall which would run along the United States’ southern border as part of a program to deter illegal immigration.
The pledge to allocate $1.6 billion is not a hard promise for Schumer to make. The Senate has already agreed to spend $1.6 billion for the border wall as part of an earlier budget plan, funding mostly Homeland Security projects. But President Donald Trump recently told Congress that he wants more — at least $5 billion in funds — to build the wall, and that he won’t sign any budget package without a detailed plan outlining multi-year spending on a complete blockade.
But fellow Democrats — and particularly progressive activists — immediately called Schumer’s pledge a “cave,” and accused the longtime Senate Minority Leader of being a “sellout” to President Trump’s “racist” policies. – READ MORE