Trump Offers Democrats DACA Deal in Exchange For $5.7 Billion in ‘See-Through Steel Barriers’
President Donald Trump announced his proposed plan for a compromise on immigration from the White House on Saturday, as the government shutdown is poised to enter its fifth week.
“I am here today to break the logjam, and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border,” Trump said, before explaining his plan.
The deal would include $5.7 billion in funding for “see-through steel barriers” in certain “high priority locations.” In exchange, he offered “three years for legislative relief” for 700,000 DACA recipients, extending their protection from deportation. Trump also offered a three year extension to the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.
Democrats have already suggested the proposal is a nonstarter, demanding the government be reopened before any broader negotiations on immigration take place. It’s not clear Trump’s base will be pleased with the deal either — Ann Coulter is already in a huff over it.
In his speech, Trump issued a rebuke of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by declaring “walls are not immoral.” He also emphasized the “humanitarian crisis” at the southern border, touching on drug trafficking, crime committed by undocumented immigrants, and the dangers facing migrants making the dangerous trek north.
Watch above, Fox News.
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