Democrats and aides on the Hill have dismissed president Trump’s planned shutdown compromise offer as inadequate.
President Trump today pitched linking funding for the border wall with temporary protections for some undocumented immigrants as a pathway out of the weeks-long partial shutdown.
Trump made his offer during a live televised speech from the White House, floated extending protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients for three years and a three-year extension of protected status for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for more than $5 billion for a border wall.
“Both sides in Washington must simply come together, listen to each other, put down their armor, build trust, reach across the aisle and find solutions,” Trump said.
Trump added that he was making his pitch to “break the logjam” that has paralyzed Washington since late December.
Details of the proposal: President Trump also said the plan, which will be brought to the Senate floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week, will include funding for several other security measures.
- $800 million in “urgent humanitarian assistance.”
- $805 million for drug detection technology ports of entry.
- 2750 additional border agents and law enforcement.
- 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce court backlog of 900,000 cases.
- A new system to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries and reform to promote family reunification for unaccompanied children.
- 3 years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients, which will give them access to work permits, social security numbers and protection from deportation.
- 3-year extension of TPS.
- $5.7 billion for border wall.
A Democratic aide characterized the offer from president Trump as “non-serious product.”
“Dems were not consulted on this and have rejected similar overtures previously,” the aide said. “It’s clearly a non-serious product of negotiations amongst [White House] staff to try to clean up messes the president created in the first place. [The president] is holding more people hostage for his wall.”
“The BRIDGE Act does not fully protect Dreamers and is not a permanent solution.”
“This is not a compromise as it includes the same wasteful, ineffective $5.7 billion wall demand that shut down the government in the first place.”
“This cannot pass the House or Senate.”
“The President must agree to re-open government and join Democrats to negotiate on border security measures that work and not an expensive and ineffective wall that the President promised Mexico would pay for.”
Nancy Pelosi issued a statement in advance of the president’s speech.
Democrats were hopeful that @realDonaldTrump was finally willing to re-open government & proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border. Unfortunately, reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of previously rejected initiatives. https://t.co/MFwebWSevG pic.twitter.com/yMTm4iP27h— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019
As did Senator Dick Durbin:
My response to reported White House offer to end President Trump's government shutdown in exchange for the border wall and DACA: pic.twitter.com/WhsJgRNW56— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 19, 2019
It seems the Democrats are having a hard time seeing past their hate for the President and any deal he puts forward will not be good enough for them.
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