Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
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Trump to offer shutdown-ending immigration deal, still wants wall money

Trump to offer shutdown-ending immigration deal, still wants wall money

But Trump's proposal to end the 29-day partial shutdown of the United States government, which was sparked by a dispute over funding for the wall, appeared dead on arrival, with the top Democrat in Congress rejecting the proposal based on reports of its contents prior to the speech.

In exchange for the $5.7 billion needed for a barrier along the southern border with Mexico, the president offered, among other items, a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The second-ranking Democratic senator, Richard Durbin of IL, says Trump's proposal was unacceptable and couldn't pass the Senate, which Republicans control only narrowly.

"It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter", she said. "A negotiation requires participation from all parties, an acknowledgment that opposing views exist, and a good faith effort to bridge that gap", said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester.

But the President also sprinkled his speech with his hardline immigration rhetoric and made questionable claims about how the wall would transform the fight against drugs trafficking and violent crime in America.

West Michigan Second District Congressman Bill Huizenga issued a statement Saturday night in response to Trump's address.

"I just don't think he has any alternative except to declare a national emergency", Stephen Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, told The Hill.

Democrats are now proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for new immigration judges and improvements to ports of entry from Mexico but nothing for the wall, a House aide said, as the party begins fleshing out its vision of improving border security.

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Have the Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, privately told him they would agree to fund the $5.7 billion wall, and that they have graciously allowed the president the glory of breaking the news to anxious Americans?

While Trump's statistics on heroin deaths are true, it's unclear what a border wall would do to reduce the amount of heroin coming across the border.

Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin came out against the border security proposal announced by President Donald Trump on Saturday, publishing a statement before the president even delivered his remarks. Trump said that would offer three more years of certainty to work on a larger immigration deal.

Trump's proposal comes as House Democrats are pushing forward with legislation to beef up security at the borders - without funding for the wall - a move bound to intensify the standoff over a partial government shutdown heading into its fifth week.

The partial government shutdown, which marks the longest lapse in funding in modern United States history, is now in its 29th day as the stalemate over the funding of the border wall persists. "Open up the government, Mr. President, and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions." he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the President's offer was not really an offer at all. "We voted for Trump and got Jeb!" The deal woud also offer protections for 300,000 illegal immigrants Temporary Protected Status. The plan, however, is by far the strongest starting point either Democrats or Republicans have had to end the shutdown, deal with the humanitarian crisis and improve America's immigration system.

"Mostly, he's lashed out at the media for running stories on the FBI investigation into whether he "colluded" with Russian Federation to get elected - ".@newtgingrich just stated that there has been no president since Abraham Lincoln who has been treated worse or more unfairly by the media than your favorite President, me! In exchange, Trump wants $5.7 billion to construct 230 miles of his proposed Southwest border wall.

The tensions and anger over the policy have been quietly playing out in the West Wing as well, as Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, fended off Stephen Miller, the architect of much of Trump's immigration agenda. In a televised address late Saturday afternoon, the President promised to fix the border crisis "one way or the other". "It has the full support of the President and could be signed into law to quickly reopen the government", he continued.

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