Trump Offers to Extend DACA Protections in Exchange for Border Wall Funding

Trump Offers to Extend DACA Protections in Exchange for Border Wall Funding

Trump Offers to Extend DACA Protections in Exchange for Border Wall Funding

President Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Saturday.

In rejecting President Trump's offer on Saturday they went a few steps further.

In a briefing with reporters, Vice President Mike Pence defended the proposal from criticism from the right. The California Democrat said the effort could not pass the House and again called on Trump to reopen the government. "We have been reaching out to members in the House and the Senate and we are looking forward to taking this legislation forward this coming week".

In 2017, Trump's administration announced plans to phase out the DACA program and Trump has previously said he would wait to address protections for its recipients after a Supreme Court ruling on the matter.

In a briefing for reporters after Trump's remarks, the aides acknowledged that the bill faces a hard path in the Senate, where it would require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

"I hope once people get past their initial statements, initial reaction, they will really look at the legislation that comes to the floor and see what it is - a honest effort by the president of the United States to take ideas from both political parties", Pence said of lawmakers.

"It's clear the President realizes that by closing the government and hurting so many American workers and their families, he has put himself and the country in an untenable position", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement following Trump's remarks. "It is a 3 year extension of DACA", Trump said in another tweet.

After Pelosi suggested shelving Trump's upcoming State of the Union address before Congress - one of the key set-piece political appearances of the year - the president abruptly revoked her right to use an air force plane for a trip to Afghanistan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump's proposal contains initiatives already rejected by Democrats.

"It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter", Pelosi said in a statement.

Congress must consider this proposal with a real sense of urgency. "Democrats are for border security, but we want to talk about it". Administration officials said the protections would apply only to the approximately 700,000 people now enrolled in the Obama-era program shielding them from deportation, and not all those who could be eligible.

The president said he would also allow holders of the Temporary Protected Status to remain in the country, though the administration has rescinded some of their protections. "It has the full support of the President and could be signed into law to quickly reopen the government", he continued.

Pointedly ignoring his personal comments, Pelosi on Twitter emphasised the need to end the partial government shutdown, which has inflicted increasing pain around the country as it entered its 30th day. "There was no DACA crisis before Trump created it".

The rumors come after Trump killed the #DACA and #TPS programs, putting millions of once protected immigrants in danger, after Trump killed the #DreamAct.

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

"No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer", Trump tweeted Sunday. 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. It's now the longest government shutdown in US history.

Trump describes the US-Mexico border - for decades a magnet for migrants and asylum seekers, as well as a major drug smuggling route - as overwhelmed, posing a threat to US national security. "This is not an amnesty bill", he insisted.

"This is not amnesty, there's no pathway to citizenship, there is no permanent status here at all, which is what amnesty contemplates", Pence said.

Kushner also weighed in.

"I'll let the president's words stand", Pence said. "He thinks there are a lot of reasonable people who want to see a compromise that moves us forward".

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 USA history - has pundits a-twitter over what he's going to announce.

They also made a decision to attempt to block the President's lawful right to update the American people on the progress of the nation and what his administration intends to accomplish in 2109. "The best way to fix this is through legislation".

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