Local Politicians React To President Trump’s Proposed Compromise To End Government Shutdown

Local Politicians React To President Trump’s Proposed Compromise To End Government Shutdown

Polls show most Americans blame Trump and Republicans for hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat seen by White House as a possible partner on immigration negotiations, says he won't support it. Some said Pence and Mulvaney and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were involved, too.

But Trump went on to note that work on the wall is ongoing with or without Democratic support, and that the wall will become a reality regardless of what both the White House and Congress decide to do about existing legal and illegal immigrants.

He explained that the Democrats' reluctance to strike a deal and put an end to the ongoing USA government shutdown stems from the influence of "extreme left-wing" politicians who are afraid of giving in to Donald Trump.

Axios reported that President Trump "plans to use remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room on Saturday afternoon to propose a notable immigration compromise, according to sources familiar with the speech".

The president's commonsense compromise plan builds on proposals both Democrats and Republicans have supported in the past.

"That is why I am here today to break the log jam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border", he said.

In exchange, the President said, he wanted $5.7 billion for "steel barriers in high-priority locations" - his desired wall.

In exchange for the almost $6 billion Trump has sought for border wall funding, the president offered Democrats a three-year protections extension for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The deal also includes items both sides generally agree on, such as more technology to scan for drugs in vehicles at legal border crossings, and a boost in the number of immigration judges to cut into the backlog of cases. "Third, I am ready to sit down at any time after the government is opened and work to resolve all outstanding issues", Durbin said.

They should all get to the floor of their respective chambers and begin the process of debating, amending and voting.

The dispute over Trump's border wall has caused a partial government shutdown now into its fifth week.

President Donald Trump is offering to extend temporary protection for people brought to US illegally as children in a bid to secure border wall funding.

In a morning tweet, Trump claimed that Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats "turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak".

The development came as tensions are also running high between Trump and Pelosi after she asked him to postpone the annual State of the Union address, slated for January 29.

According to local press reports, Trump's deal would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients for three years and a three-year extension of protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for the partial border wall funding.

Many, including Vice President Mike Pence, have defined the word "amnesty" as permanent status or a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

The offer also includes extending protections for refugees who came to the USA because of war or disaster. However, the bills did not include additional funding for the border wall.

"Democrats were hopeful that the president was finally willing to re-open government and proceed with a much-need discussion to protect the border". The administration's DACA and TPS actions have been held up in court, at least so far.

Insisting on his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a U.S. -Mexico border barrier as part of any bill to fully reopen the government, Trump sought to pile pressure on Democrats by appealing to immigrants they have tried to help.

"If we are successful in this effort, we will have the best chance in a long time at real, bipartisan immigration reform, and it won't stop here, it will keep going until we do it all", he said.

The president's proposal would also give legislative relief to approximately 700,000 DACA recipients brought to the US illegally as children and protection from being deported.

The planned vote also reflects a shift by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

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