Trump plans to make Dems an offer to end shutdown

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At issue is Trump's offer to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the US illegally and for those who fled disaster zones.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump's proposal for ending the 29-day partial federal shutdown is simply "more hostage taking".

The president's commonsense compromise plan builds on proposals both Democrats and Republicans have supported in the past.

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

However, it still contained the $5.7 billion demand for the wall, which he said would not be a "concrete barrier from sea to shining sea", but would instead be "steel barriers". Pelosi and McConnell should take their places, C-SPAN should ready the cameras for the nation to watch and the president should ready his pen to sign a bipartisan solution into law. The deal woud also offer protections for 300,000 illegal immigrants Temporary Protected Status.

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. But the plan faces an uphill path in the Senate and virtually no chance of survival in the Democratic-controlled House. "Trump proposes amnesty. We voted for Trump and got Jeb [Bush]!" "100 miles of border wall in exchange for amnestying millions of illegals. Let's find a way to get the government open".

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a longtime anti-immigration voice in the House, blasted Trump's offer, and the conservative news website Breitbart noted that most of the border would remain without a wall under the plan.

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President Trump bashed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats for rejecting his deal to reopen the government even before he announced it, and the meteorologist-in-chief called for some "old fashioned global warming" to offset the freezing temps in a series of tweets Sunday.

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.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan also released a statement and said, "What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government".

The President's latest offer, which he is set to deliver from the White House Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, will link his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall to the BRIDGE Act, legislation that would extend protections for so-called "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and are covered by the DACA program.

Though he didn't come up with or help craft the proposal, McConnell offered suggestions over the last two days as to how to move the plan forward, a source familiar told CNN. But it's drawn nothing but negative reviews from Democrats so far.

"This week", he continued, "we received proof the administration planned months in advance to separate thousands of children from their parents and jail them as a deterrence to stop immigrants from seeking refuge in the U.S. Children have died while in U.S. custody; some have been tear-gassed by U.S. border agents; asylum seekers are being denied access to the legal system to apply".

Trump understands this. The objective of today's proposal wasn't to reach a compromise, it was to get the Democrats to say "no" to a proposal that some swing and/or independent voters might find reasonable.

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But Trump, who has yet to acknowledge that offer, laid out his own plan, which officials said had been in the works for days. After his announcement on Saturday, some supporters appeared unhappy with his effort to bridge the divide with Democrats.

President Donald Trump calls it a commonsense compromise, but Democrats are labeling his proposal to end the government shutdown a "nonstarter".

Democrats criticized the expected proposal because it didn't seem to be a permanent solution for those immigrants and because it includes money for the wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, which the party strongly opposes. They were not authorized to discuss the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Approximately 800,000 federal employees have gone without paychecks during the partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history.

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.

The proposal would protect immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children. The proposal would also extend temporary protections for some young people brought to the US illegally as children and immigrants who fled disaster zones.

Trump is expected to make the announcement from the White House in a 4pm ET address.

This package including the $1 billion will be the 10th measure House Democrats vote on in an effort to reopen the government since the new session of Congress began.

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