President Donald Trump announced his proposal to Democrats during a televised speech from the White House today and offered temporary DACA exchanges for $5 billion in border wall funding to end the government shutdown.
“I am here today to break the logjam, and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown,” Trump said.
The deal Trump is offering in exchange for temporary DACA protections would including $5.7 billion for “see-through steel barriers” at different parts of the border in “high priority locations.”
Trump will get:
- $805M for Drug detection
- $800M Humanitarian assistance
- 2,750 Border agents
- 75 New immigration judges
- $5.7B “Physical Barrier”
Trump will give:
- 3 years of temporary DACA protections
- Immigrants covered by temporary protected status allowed to stay in U.S.
Will Democrats accept temporary DACA protections?
Democrats have rejected Trump’s proposal and called it a non-starter, demanding that the government should be reopened first before any negotiations on immigration.
Daily Beast editor Sam Stein tweeted that it was the Trump administration that ended DACA and slashed TPS protections in the first place. “So his concession is, in part, just to undo the damage he inflicted,” Stein said.
Basically, Trump created the mess and he’s trying to negotiate the mess he created as a bargaining chip to Democrats for his border wall.
Matt Fueller explains this perfectly in a tweet:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claims that Trump offering protections for DACA and TPS recipients “is not a compromise but more hostage taking.”
“Democrats were hopeful that @realDonaldTrump was finally willing to re-open government & proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border. Unfortunately, reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of previously rejected initiatives,” Speaker Pelosi tweeted with a statement.
Sources have also told Axios that Democrats were never consulted on President Trump’s proposal to end the shutdown.
“Dems were not consulted on this and have rejected similar overtures previously,” Axios source said.
We should also remember, the courts are sparing DACA recipients after Trump’s administration tried to end it. A number of courts around the country ruled that the administrations reasoning was incorrect and kept DACA in place.
The Supreme Court also declined to hear Trump’s appeal during this current session so it could be quite some time before there is a final decision on the program. So why would Democrats agree to this proposal from the president?
Let also not forget, the last time Trump did this, he rescinded the offer after the Democrats accepted it.
Also, polls show that the majority of Americans already blame Trump and Republicans for the shutdown and I doubt this proposal with pursued the public into thinking differently.
What are Republicans saying?
Trump has also received pushback from members of his own party and conservative pundits.
“There are a million things to trade for a wall: A higher federal minimum wage, an infrastructure bill, a solar panel bill. Trade a wall for AMNESTY, and there’s no purpose to having a wall,” Ann Coulter tweeted.
Ann Coulter has been in Trump’s ear before the Trump shutdown. Many people have said it was Coulter that made Trump refuse to sign a bill his own party passed to keep the government open.
Coulter want’s Trump to build the wall he promised millions of his supporters and they don’t care if Mexico won’t pay for it, even if Trump promised that they would during the campaign.
“We voted for Trump and got Jeb!,” Coulter tweeted after realizing that DACA was being offered for the wall.
Yamiche Alcindor also reports that Vice President Pence and other members of Trump’s administration told reporters that the Senate and White House is working on the wording of the bill and McConnell plans to bring it to a vote.