Trump's offer seems to face hard sell in Senate

President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington Saturday Jan. 19 2019

Trump Offers Temporary Immigrant Protections For $5.7 Billion In Wall Money

Hoyer did acknowledge that Trump's proposal included some items that have been proposed by Democrats.

Meanwhile, several recent polls have shown that a majority of Americans blame Trump for the partial shutdown after the United States president left a meeting earlier this month with Pelosi when the House speaker said she wouldn't discuss border wall funding even if he reopened the government.

If Democrats refuse to even come to the table to debate and amend the proposed bill, they risk the label of politically irrational and personally irresponsible when it comes to dealing with these serious issues.

At issue is Trump's offer to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the USA illegally and for those who fled disaster zones. Trump has signed legislation to give back pay to federal workers once the government is reopened.

"Trump on Saturday proposed granting temporary protections against deportation for many young immigrants and others fleeing violent or disaster-battered countries".

$5.7 billion for strategic deployment of physical barriers or a wall, not a 2,000-mile concrete structure.

As you can see (above), Donald Trump made a major announcement in an address to the American public this afternoon, and he was hoping it would lead to the government being re-opened... but it sounds like the supposedly great dealmaker can't close the deal!

The compromise proposal would also allow immigrants covered by Temporary Protected Status - some of whose protections Trump has rescinded - to remain in the country.

The New York Times reported that Democrats have added more than $1 billion to their previous offer of $1.3 billion for new border security, even if that is still far short of Trump's $5.7 billion figure.


The White House, though, hasn't gotten assurances that Democrats will be open to this.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC had floated such a compromise to the President as early as late December.

In exchange the president wants the Democrats to vote in favor of $5.7 billion for the wall he seeks between the USA and Mexico.

McConnell says, "Everyone has made their point - now it's time to make a law".

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California slammed Trump for revealing the closely held travel plan, calling it "completely and utterly irresponsible in every way".

The aides then began discussing the proposal with Trump in recent days to get him on board. It is located 157 miles from the U.S. -Mexico border.

The proposal is highly unlikely to break the impasse between Democrats and the White House to reopen the government, which is now in its 29th day.

Meanwhile, some conservative voices also condemned President Trump's proposal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he would bring this legislation to the floor this week.


While addressing reporters ahead of a special announcement Saturday on the partial government shutdown and border wall funding, President Trump cited San Antonio as a city that had its crime problem solved after getting a wall.

Sen. Blackburn, who champions Trump's America First agenda in Congress, said that we must deliver for the American people and the border patrol agents by securing the southern border. The California Democrat said the effort could not pass the House and again called on Trump to reopen the government. But it's drawn nothing but negative reviews from Democrats so far.

She said the proposals were "a non-starter" and "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people's lives".

The unusual time for "a major announcement", a Saturday afternoon, over a government shutdown that has already stretched four weeks since December 22 - the longest in US history - has pundits a-twitter over what he's going to announce. This is the latest move by the White House in the midst of it's showdown with Democrats, who have balked at providing the money for construction of a border wall. Ahead of the President's speech, Democratic senator, Richard Durbin of IL, says Trump's proposal is unacceptable.

Minutes ago, President Trump offered a deal to end the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Trump delivered a speech on Saturday where he described an offer to end the shutdown that would include temporary deportation protections in exchange for $5.7 billion in money for his wall or physical barrier along the United States border with Mexico.

The proposal would protect immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

He also said that he would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for three years, as well as an extension of the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.

Mr. Trump announced that he would be making the speech on Twitter Friday evening.


The President should re-open the government so that Republicans and Democrats in Congress can work with the White House to find a sensible solution on border security and immigration. Trump wrote in a message aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.).

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