Trump calls compromise proposal "Down payment on border security"

Muriel Colon
January 21, 2019

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended their offer to extend protections for the so-called Dreamers in exchange for Democrats' support for $5.7 billion for a southern border wall.

Moreover, "Even if the shutdown were to suddenly end, the deeper crises created by Trump at the border and in the interior would still need to be addressed by Congress".

"It's clear the President realizes that by closing the government and hurting so many American workers and their families, he has put himself and the country in an untenable position", Schumer said in a statement. The California Democrat said Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House.

"It's only fair that President Trump signs the bill The House passed on day one to pay federal workers and contractors, then we can discuss border security".

He said, as the president did in his remarks, that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to bring the president's proposal up for a vote on Tuesday and that Senate and White House aides were working on the wording of the bill. But while Trump cast the move as a "common-sense compromise", Democrats were quick to dismiss it as a "non-starter".

In a briefing for reporters after Trump's remarks, the aides acknowledged that the bill faces a hard path in the Senate, where it would require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

Democrats have so far refused to provide any funding for the border wall and have insisted that Trump reopen the government before a broader immigration or border security deal can be hashed out.

"Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options - including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance", Trump said. I am confident that a reasonable compromise can be reached, but not while President Trump continues to keep significant parts of the government shut down and Leader McConnell refuses to meaningfully negotiate with Senate Democrats.

There is certainly room for negotiating on the length of the protection extension for DACA and TPS recipients, the dollar amount for barrier funding and other elements of the proposal.

"It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter", she added. But he also repeated his warnings, saying: "We have to secure our southern border". It's three-year relief for TPS and DACA.


Sunday morning, Trump suggested he may even be willing to consider a blanket "amnesty" for illegal immigrants living inside the United States, but only in return for a "bigger deal". Dick Durbin said in a statement Saturday that he would not support the upcoming proposal to reopen the government.

What did the Democrats say?

Their disagreement has led to a budget impasse and a record-breaking partial government shutdown, which enters its 29th day Saturday, affecting nine cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, as its impact is rippling across country.

On Friday, the Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration's request to decide by early summer whether Trump's bid to end that program was legal, meaning it probably will survive at least another year. "Democrats shouldn't play this game with Trump".

The offer also was assailed by prominent anti-immigrant voices, which denounced it as tantamount to amnesty.

Trump has struggled to find a way out of a four-week partial government shutdown over his demand to construct a wall between the USA and Mexico.

The move, amid a shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, represents the first major overture by the president since January 8, when he delivered an Oval Office address making the public case for his border wall.

During the White House meeting with reporters Saturday, Pence pushed back on Coulter's assertion. The proposal was immediately rejected by Democrats and derided by conservatives as amnesty. The plan would offer no pathway to citizenship for those immigrants - a deal-breaker for many Democrats.

Kushner also weighed in. "The president will stay strong on this; I'm convinced of it".

The proposal was met with immediate criticism from some conservative corners, including NumbersUSA, which seeks to reduce both legal and illegal immigration to the U.S.

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