Trump Offers Temporary Immigrant Protections For $5.7 Billion In Wall Money

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22 January, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday said that he will take up legislation on Trump's immigration plan next week, in exchange for funding of the border wall that would end the almost month-long partial government shutdown.

He floated a three-year extension of protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for the wall.

President Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

To ensure wall funding, Trump said he would extend protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children, known as "Dreamers", as well as for those with temporary protected status after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected it even before Trump spoke, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, denounced the offer as "not a compromise but more hostage taking". He's accusing Pelosi and other Democrats of putting politics ahead of security and claims, without evidence, Pelosi "has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat".

Trump appeared to be responding to conservative critics who accused him of proposing amnesty and reneging on a campaign promise, which could alienate his right-wing base.

Trump has offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the US illegally and for those who fled disaster zones. Pelosi called the offer a "compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable".

"That is why I'm here today", he said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also dug in during an appearance in NY. 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). Officials said the exemption would apply to about 300,000 people who now live in the US under the program.

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The investigation is at an advanced stage, and an indictment could come soon, according to the person familiar with the matter. She is awaiting extradition hearings to the USA while living under restrictions in her million-dollar Vancouver home.

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Jake Patterson, 21, told investigators he watched Jayme Closs board a school bus that he had stopped behind while driving to work. She was released from the hospital Friday and reunited with relatives in Barron, Wisconsin , and with her dog, Molly.

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But even some Republican lawmakers uneasy about the idea of pulling money from Army Corps projects saw few alternate options. Todd Semonite, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers , was traveling with Trump on Thursday.

President Donald Trump says he'll be making a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week.

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.

Trump's plan seems to stand little chance of getting the 60 votes needed in the Senate.

Many Democrats, were quick to point out that Trump wasn't really offering anything substantial. But the House legislation is dead on arrival in the Senate, where McConnell has made clear he will not advance any spending bills Trump won't sign. "I look forward to working w/my GOP & Dem colleagues to make this happen so that we can end this shameful shutdown", he tweeted. But Democrats says talks on border security should occur only after the government is reopened.

Trump proposed allocation of $800 million for humanitarian assistance, $805 million for drug-detection equipment, border agents, and immigration judges, and $5.7 billion for physical barriers along the border.

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. "It is a 3 year extension of DACA", Mr Trump said in another tweet.

Vice President Mike Pence, who has been leading the administration's contacts with Congress, said the Senate would put the proposal to a vote as early as Tuesday. There's only way out: "open up the government, Mr. President, and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions".

Trump, now halfway through his four-year White House term, offered his plan to end the longest government closure in American history in a speech Saturday. CNN's Jake Tapper pressed her on whether those positions - which she now calls Trump "racist" for holding - meant she was racist at the time.

"We know Speaker Moore is desperate to distract from today's news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into his shady ethics, but he should be using his office to advocate for those hurt by the government shutdown, not push a political stunt", executive director Kimberly Reynolds said.

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