Trump offers protection for immigrants in United States in exchange for wall funds

Trump's proposal to support DACA for border-wall funding rejected by Dems

Tensions flared when Pelosi suggested Trump postpone the annual State of the Union address, a grand Washington tradition - and a platform for his border wall fight with Democrats - that was tentatively scheduled for January 29.

Trump declared from the White House that "both sides in Washington must simply come together", adding that he was there "to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border". The money will be added to spending bills, which the House plans to vote on next week. While many of them have pressed for measures to protect DACA recipients and immigrants living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status enacted when their countries were destabilized by war or catastrophe, most regard the proposal he put forth Saturday as woefully inadequate.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY said on Sunday he thinks Democrats will block the measure to give the president $5.7 billion for the border wall. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.

Hoyer did acknowledge that Trump's proposal included some items that have been proposed by Democrats. The California Democrat said Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House.

The New York Democrat said there is only "one way out" of the shutdown.

Schumer further accused the U.S. president of "putting forward one-sided and ineffective remedies", adding, "There's only way out: open up the government, Mr. President, and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions".

Gillibrand held some similar positions to Trump on immigration in 2008, when she said she was a "firm opponent" of giving amnesty to undocumented immigrants and called for English to be the official language of the United States.

"It is a compassionate response to the ongoing tragedy at our southern border", Mr. Trump said about his planned deal, said he hoped "Democrat lawmakers" would provide "their enthusiastic support". We have passed many bipartisan options for Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up and allow for a vote on the Senate floor to open the federal government. The Senate will vote on this sensible plan next week.

He said his plans had been dismissed before he had even presented them.

The White House has billed Trump's plan as an attempt to end the shutdown. On this occasion, he sought to strike a diplomatic tone, emphasizing the need to work across the aisle.




Administration officials said the protections would apply only to those now in the Obama-era program shielding them from deportation, and the temporary protected status would apply to those who now have it and have been in the USA since 2011.

"Our immigration system should be the subject of pride", the president said. "The offer the President announced today is a loser for the forgotten American workers who were central to his campaign promises", said Roy Beck, the group's president.

The offer also was assailed by prominent anti-immigrant voices, which denounced it as tantamount to amnesty. It will be hard for the measure to get 60 votes needed to survive in the Senate, and it seems certain to die in the House. "I will be very curious to see how the Democrats-especially in the Senate-choose to deal with this piece of legislation". He says the measure would shield workers from eviction or home foreclosure, repossession of their cars and penalties for late payment of bills and student loans.

The AP reported that Vice President Mike Pence, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney "have been working "non-stop" on the proposal, according to one of the people".

And while President Trump was busy on Twitter Saturday morning, his feed hasn't contained any major clues about his pending announcement.

Some 300,000 people holding visas under Temporary Protection Status (TPS) would also get three years' protection. Others said the president, who has moved to end both DACA and TPS, was trying to give back things he had taken away. Any proposal that doesn't confer a path to citizenship for a sizable number of illegals will be dead on arrival, I think.

Trump also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status program that blocks deportation of certain immigrants fleeing civil unrest or natural disasters.

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 USA border with Mexico.

But Democrats swiftly rejected the proposal, which also includes millions of dollars for humanitarian aid and drug detection technology, and called on Trump to open the government before negotiations on immigration could start. But, the decision was challenged in court and is now held up in legal proceedings.

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