Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal to end shutdown

President Donald Trump responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) rejection of his border-wall proposal on January 20, as he outlined the selling points of his new offer, chiding Democrat leaders for dismissing him before he even gave his speech.

He's referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who rejected his proposal to trade wall money for temporary protections for some immigrants.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer. Pelosi said earlier in the day that the expected proposal was "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable".

Negotiations are now stuck between the $5.7 billion Trump wants and the $1.3 billion Democrats have offered for border security.

Democrats have said they don't want to reward Trump for what they say is taking 800,000 federal workers hostage to get his border wall, lest they give him an incentive to use the shutdown tactic again.

The Senate's majority leader says he'll take action this coming week on President Donald Trump's proposal to end the partial government shutdown.

On Saturday, Trump offered Democrats three years of deportation protections for some immigrants, including those who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.

Sunday morning, Trump suggested he may even be willing to consider a blanket "amnesty" for illegal immigrants living inside the United States, but only in return for a "bigger deal". 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.

The plan Trump proposed also includes $800 million for urgent humanitarian assistance and $805 million for drug detection technology to secure ports of entry, as well additional border agents, law enforcement officials and new immigration judge teams to deal with cases of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

She added of the shutdown: "This needs to end now". The offer would also give a three-year extension to 300,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan who are living in the US under the temporary protected status program. 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.

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Meanwhile, Mr Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, admitted in a TV interview yesterday it was possible the president spoke to Michael Cohen before his former lawyer lied to Congress over when the proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow was dropped. He also said there would "no big push" to deport those already living in the U.S. without permission.

One of his "compromises" was on so-called Dreamers - who entered the USA illegally when young. The Trump administration said in September 2017 it would rescind DACA but it remains in effect under court order.

His comment drew immediate pushback from some Democrats, including Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who said in a tweet that Trump "is no MLK" and that the vice president owes an apology to the country and King's memory.

The legislative process is a negotiation and up to this point, literally for the last month while the president and I have stayed here in Washington and been engaging continuously with Democrat leadership, and with rank-and-file members in the House and Senate.

Trump's proposals are far more realistic than the Democrats' pie in the sky ideas and would cost considerably less.

The ongoing partial government shutdown is the longest in the history of the US.

But on Sunday, he said, "Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options - including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance".

Pence said Trump "set the table for a deal". But Mr. Trump went on to threaten, "And if we don't, I may go that route".

But a day later, some Democrats started to float a broader immigration package, and Trump tweeted that he'd be prepared to offer a broader amnesty for a broader deal, defying some of his closest conservative allies. But Representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, insisted that the government must first be reopened.

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