Trump, Pence Say Their Immigration Offer To Democrats Is Not Amnesty
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 0:26
Democrats showed no signs Sunday of taking up President Trump's compromise proposal on border security, even as the partial government shutdown entered its fifth week and some federal employees prepared to miss a second paycheck.
Democrats haven't changed their initial reaction to the offer, which was an outright rejection. President Donald Trump insisted on funding a wall or other barrier along the southern US border as tensions over a possible partial government shutdown intensified in the wake of the presidents refusal to sign a stopgap spending bill.
Democrats assailed Mr Trump's new offer as cynical, noting that it was the president who - by moving earlier to end the DACA programme protecting 700,000 young immigrants and to expel some 300,000 others in a separate programme - had placed in jeopardy many of those for whom he now offers temporary protection.
The State of the Union address is typically delivered early each year from the U.S. House chamber at the Capitol in Washington D.C. But plans for Trump to deliver this year's speech on January 29 were rattled last week when newly installed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently urged the president to postpone the speech, or deliver it in writing, or from the Oval Office.
"Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat", Trump tweeted.
"No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer", Trump tweeted in response to criticism he's also getting from the right.
He also said that he would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for three years, as well as an extension of the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.
Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said that "I would not rule out a wall in certain circumstances".
"Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal for me", Trump said. Supporters who want a wall can now pay $20.20 to have a fake brick sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 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. "We voted for Trump and got Jeb!" she said, in a reference to Trump's 2016 rival, Jeb Bush.
Senate Republican leadership fail to get enough votes to pass House bill. She said the president's offer was unlikely to gain the votes needed to pass the House or Senate.
The legislation will include bills to fund government departments that have been closed during the shutdown, as well as some disaster aid and the president's immigration proposal, a McConnell aide said.
"I've been talking about barriers for a long time", Clyburn said.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 10, 2019.
"Let's go back and forth on this and see where we can find common ground", he said.
"First, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell must open the government today". They added they would not trade a temporary measure for a permanent wall and pointed out that Trump was now only offering to temporarily prolong a program he tried to kill.
Trump had considered a larger immigration deal in the past. Trump cast the proposal, which offered extended deportation protections for undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border barrier, as a compromise as he sought to shift pressure to Democrats to end the government shutdown. After a heated meeting with Pelosi and Schumer that Trump stormed out of, the president directed his aides to bypass Democratic leaders and instead reach out to rank-and-file members for ideas.
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.