Democrats aren't buying Trump's shutdown-ending 'compromise'

Democrats aren't buying Trump's shutdown-ending 'compromise'

He suggested that Democrats were amenable to negotiating if Mr Trump would stop demonising the party and its leaders and provide assurances that he would not suddenly shift positions.

Vice President Mike Pence conceded the White House may not have enough votes in the Senate to advance President Donald Trump's deal to end the shutdown.

Hoping to put pressure on Democrats, the White House billed the announcement as a major step forward.

In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Trump offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the US illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall.

"No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer", Trump tweeted Sunday.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern, a freshman Republican from Tulsa, said, "Tuesday is the deadline to reopen the government before 800,000 federal workers miss another paycheck". Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.

Trump made the comment in response to criticism over a proposal he announced Saturday afternoon, which Democrats rejected. The California Democrat said Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House. He faces an uphill climb in breaking the Senate's 60-vote threshold of a filibuster, with Democrats insisting that they will not negotiate on immigration until Trump reopens the government.

What did the Democrats say?

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed the plan as a "bold solution", while a spokesman said McConnell would seek Senate passage of the proposal this week. He says offering to renew those protections in exchange for wall money is hostage taking.

The recent surge coming in the midst of the partial shutdown indicates that Trump's Latino base strongly support the construction of a border wall.

"I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up for who we are", Harris said.

- The hiring of an additional 2,750 border agents and other personnel. The proposal was immediately rejected by Democrats and derided by conservatives as amnesty.

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 such a coalition did not appear to be forming, and courting one bears considerable risk for a president who is most comfortable when he is defying convention, eschewing compromise and being hailed as a hero by supporters who often equate bipartisan deal-making with weak-kneed capitulation.

But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Mr Trump's offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented - a toxic concept for many conservatives. Some 800,000 federal workers have been ordered to stay home or work without pay during the shutdown.

"[Those] who are preparing for the security of the president, the vice president, the House, the Senate, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court and the diplomatic corps, the Joint Chiefs of Staff - that those people who are working so hard to secure this site will be paid", Pelosi said on Friday, according to the Hill. The Senior Republican said that if Trump didn't get his wall funding after three weeks, he could declare a national emergency.

Democrats indicated on Sunday talk shows a willingness to fund border upgrades of some sort, but they want a permanent fix protecting Dreamers - young people brought to the USA illegally as children - and other migrants from deportation, not the three-year-reprieve offered by Trump.

TPS is a Justice Department program that grants residency and work permits to people from 10 countries affected by natural disasters or brutal armed conflicts.

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.

While the original idea had been to include protections for as many as 1.8 million immigrants eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program known as DACA that protected those illegally brought to the United States as children, Trump ultimately proposed shielding only the 700,000 who are enrolled.

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