President Trump offered the Democrats a compromise package on immigration in a White House telecast on Saturday to end the nearly one-month partial government shutdown – though some prominent Democrats dismissed the olive branch as "non-starters." before Trump even spoke.
Trump announced a three-year extension of protection for 700,000 immigrants who arrived illegally as children in the country and were protected from deportation under the Obama era "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program. In return for the $ 5.7 billion he has requested for a barrier on the southern border with Mexico.
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" "not immoral," he said, adding that a wall "will save and prevent many lives, that drugs are pouring into our country. "
" This is not a concrete sea-to-sea structure, "he said, addressing some previously voiced concerns about the so-called" wall. "" These are steel barriers at high-priority sites. "
The Deal Offered would also extend protection to 300,000 recipients of TPS (Temporary Protected Status), thereby protecting immigrants from certain countries with conditions preventing the safe return of nationals
"Our immigration system should be a source of pride, no shame As it is all over the world, "said Trump, before calling on politicians to" take off their armor "and find solutions.
It would provide $ 800 million for drug detection in order to reduce drug use Securing 2,750 new border guards and law enforcement officials; and 75 new immigration judges, to reduce the number of asylum applications EDITING FESEN USING THE SHUTDOWN FOR 2020 STRATEGY
He said that all of his proposals had previously been supported by the Democrats.
He spent much of the speech talking about the dangers of having an open board. He presented himself and described a "very wide and open door for criminals and gang members to enter the United States." However, he also angered the possibility of a future, wider immigration reform if his proposals were accepted by Congress.
"If we succeed in this effort, we have the best chance of a long, real, nonpartisan immigration reform, and it does not stop there, it will continue until we do everything," he said. Government sources told Fox News before announcing that the speech would form the basis for new legislation it hopes to get before the Senate. The proposal is similar to a compromise presented by Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C. Three-year work permit for DACA recipients and an extension of the legal status for TPS holders in return for the wall financing would be included After the announcement, he called the proposal in a tweet "fantastic".
"Let's go," he tweeted. House Republicans should be informed in a conference call at 1
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Praised Trump for his "bold solution" to reopen the government.
"Divided government compromise means that everyone can not get what they want every time," McConnell said in a statement. "The President's proposal reflects this, and he concludes a fair compromise by including priorities from both sides of the gait."
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Equally, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, supported the President's compromise plan and pledged to support him via Twitter.
"@POTUS has put forward a reasonable, bona fide proposal that will reopen the government and help secure the border, and I look forward to it" I agree and will work to encourage my Republican and Democratic colleagues to do the same However, Trump's proposal was quickly quashed by the Democrats, and House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi actually stepped in ahead of the announcement, saying the expected proposal included a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of them unacceptable and altogether there is no good faith to restore the certainty of human life. "
" It is unlikely that any of these provisions alone would pass through the house, and taken together they are not starters, "she said in a statement. "For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports."
In a similar tone, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said it was unfortunate that Trump "always resorted to unilateral and ineffective remedies" in order to remedy the shutdown.
He urged the president to open the government as a prelude to productive and bipartisan solutions to immigration and the southern border.
"It was the President who took away the DACA and TOS protection measures first-hand," Schumers testified. "To offer some protection against the wall is not a compromise, but more hostage-taking."
The partial government shutdown that has dragged on for 29 days and has caused hundreds of thousands of federal workers to work without work is the result of Republicans and Democrats who are unable to agree on Trump's requirement for wall funding to some. Trump said he would not sign a bill to open the government, unless that funding was earmarked, while the Democrats refused to consider the figure of $ 5.7 billion and instead $ 1.3 billion for to offer the general border security.
Trump's move is a rare way out A week in which both sides appear to have hardened their positions after Trump canceled the military flight of a Democratic delegation to Afghanistan after Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited him to address his speech on the situation the Union at the beginning of the week. On the Saturday before the speech, Trump called Pelosi "controlled by the radical left."
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Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Also rejected the proposal before the announcement.
"First, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell must open the government today. Secondly, I can not support the proposed offer as announced and I do not believe that it can happen to the Senate. Third, I am always ready to go after the opening of the government and work on resolving any outstanding issues, "he said in a statement.
Pelosi said the Democrats intended to pass six bills next week and other bills to open up the government, "so we can fully negotiate proposals for border security."
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with this pointless shutdown. Every day he extends this unnecessary crisis. FBI agents, border guards, TSA agents and hundreds of thousands more workers are being forced to live without knowing how to feed their families or pay their bills, "she said in her statement
John Roberts, Chad Pergram , Ben Florance and Jason Donner of Fox News contributed to this report.