Trump proposes DACA deal in exchange for wall funding

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

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

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.

Trump belittled the trip as a "public relations event" - even though he had just made a similar stop in a conflict zone during the shutdown - and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in Washington to negotiate to reopen the government.

Trump also said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring the latest proposal to the floor next week, something that the White House hopes will move moderate Democrats. "The president has offered a compromise and the Democrats are refusing to go there", King said in an interview on the Cats Roundtable radio show.

"It is imperative Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrat majority come to the negotiating table, consider the President's proposal, and actually have a conversation". They want Trump to reopen the government before negotiations proceed, and note that it is the president himself who tried to take away those protections in the first place.

After the president's speech, Democratic leaders made their rejection of the offer official.

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.

Speaking from the White House Diplomatic Room in a televised address to the nation, Trump said his proposal is "a common sense compromise that both parties can embrace".

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.

In exchange for the almost $6 billion Trump has sought for border wall funding, the president offered Democrats a three-year protections extension for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Additionally, he demanded more funds for "urgent humanitarian aid" and tackling drug smuggling, as well as more border agents and law enforcement professionals.

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Pence vehemently disputed the suggestion that the plan was a betrayal of Trump's hard-line border agenda. 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.

Approximately 800,000 federal employees have gone without paychecks during the partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history. Pelosi said earlier in the day that the expected proposal was "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable".

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to threaten to target millions of people living in the country illegally if he doesn't get funding for his border wall.

In a morning tweet, Trump claimed that Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats "turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak".

He said that Trump wants to defend American sovereignty, and that Pelosi doesn't stand for the American people. He called it "a good-faith compromise".

In addition, the President added later, he would be willing to support "three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients" and a "three-year extension of Temporary Protected Status" for the hundreds of thousands individuals with the designation that the Trump administration has said it would like to kick out of the country. According to data from Doctors Without Borders, 68.3% of migrants and refugees "entering Mexico reported being victims of violence during their transit toward the United States", and almost one-third of women said they'd been sexually abused. They have offered something over US$2 billion for a range of other border-security measures.

He said the immigration system in the US has been broken for a long time.

Below, President Trump's full announcement on the government shutdown and the southern border.

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 president's offer, which is based on the bipartisan BRIDGE Act introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin who serves as the number two Democrat in the Senate would provide legal status to DACA recipients for three years.

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