Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

April FrancisJan 22, 2019

Trump promoted his plan Saturday as a way to "break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown".

With negotiations over re-opening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to backtemporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, many of whom are now adults, in exchange for funding for a wall on the southern border.

Although Trump's offer was an attempt to settle the shutdown with Democrats, it looks as though it fell on deaf ears.

Federal workers left unpaid or furloughed by the extended partial government shutdown stand in line for fresh food and coffee at the World Central Kitchen, a volunteer emergency kitchen run by Chef Jose Andres, in Washington, U.S. January 16, 2019. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.

Ms Pelosi said: "Unfortunately, his [Trump's] proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives.it is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together they are a non-starter". Democratic Sen. Mark Warner says negotiations should start with reopening the government.

Democrats say they support border security but reject a wall.

"Offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement on Saturday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer echoed her stance shortly after Trump laid out the details of his plan to reopen the government, now nearly a month in shutdown. "His supporters are going to be there for him no matter what - we know what percentage that is".

The proposal was met with immediate criticism by some conservative corners, including NumbersUSA, which seeks to reduce both legal and illegal immigration to the U.S.

With plans for President Trump's annual State of the Union address uncertain, a North Carolina state lawmaker has extended the latest invitation for the president to deliver the speech in a setting away from Capitol Hill.

While Pelosi and other Democrats dismissed Trump's offer, Republicans insisted that it represented actual movement by the president.

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But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Mr Trump's offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented - a toxic concept for many conservatives.

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"In a very real sense, what President Trump did here was he set the table for a deal", Pence said on "Fox News Sunday".

The votes would come with 800,000 federal workers about to miss their second paycheck as concerns grow about a mounting impact on the economy.

President Trump called his proposal a "common sense compromise both party's should embrace" with "lots of compromise".

"There's no permanent status here at all, which is what amnesty contemplates", Pence said.

Trump said that he was offering a "common-sense compromise" but proposing 3 years of legislative relief for 750,000 DACA recipients, young adults who illegally arrived in the United States as children, and a 3-year extension of stay for some 300,000 migrants with temporary protected status.

The Dreamers are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme.

The Trump administration has shown a deep scepticism toward the temporary protected status program and has moved to revoke the special status afforded to thousands of immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and other nations.

The plan Trump proposed also includes $800 million for urgent humanitarian assistance and $805 million for drug detection technology to secure ports of entry, as well additional border agents, law enforcement officials and new immigration judge teams to deal with cases of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

On Friday, the Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration's request to decide by early summer whether Trump's bid to end that program was legal, meaning it probably will survive at least another year.

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