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Trump offers immigration protection in exchange for border wall

Trump offers immigration protection in exchange for border wall

It's a touch ironic that the deal Mr Trump outlined - his wall in exchange for protection for certain childhood undocumented migrants and temporary resident aliens - was one the president walked away from past year, when Democrats were the ones instigating a shutdown.

In return, Trump again requested US$5.7 billion for a "strategic deployment of physical barriers" at the US-Mexico border.

"Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal for me", Trump said.

Prior to the address and responding to reports on Trump's decision to offer temporary relief to undocumented migrants residing in the USA in exchange for wall funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the move to reopen the government was a "non-starter".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell welcomed the plan as a "bold solution", while a spokesman said he would seek Senate passage of the proposal this week. Yes, some portions of Trump's base buy his story, but that's not enough to satisfy a growing number of Republican senators who would be happy to take the short-term budget deal that's been on the table for weeks: Open the government and then keep negotiating about border security.

Mr Trump has struggled to find a way out of a four-week partial government shutdown over his demand to construct a wall between the United States and Mexico. And he offered those trades for immigration ― specifically, three years of legislative relief for DACA recipients, and three years of protections for refugees.

Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise.

In rejecting President Trump's offer on Saturday they went a few steps further.

The Trump administration has shown a deep skepticism toward the TPS program and has moved to revoke the special status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and other nations.

But Representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, insisted that the government must first be reopened. "These are steel barriers in high priority locations" and much of the border is already protected by mountains and water, Trump said.

"Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally -but be careful Nancy!" "She is so petrified of the "lefties" in her party that she has lost control.And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!"

Trump's Friday evening tweeted announcement came after Pelosi on Friday canceled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit USA troops in Afghanistan, saying Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip.

On the White House website, Trump called upon "every member of Congress" to pass a bill that would end the "crisis".

"The notion that we have come from a (focus on a) wall to some other thing is moving it along", he told ABC's "This Week", "but we have to sit down and talk". He also pledged more law enforcement to assist the border agents for necessary manpower to actually secure the border and shut down illegal activity and persons attempting to harm America.

The Dreamers are now protected from deportation under a programme that allows them to work but not get citizenship. DACA was former president Barack Obama's program to shield undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children. Mr Trump has been trying to rescind the programme.

Trump also underlined in his speech that he was making his pitch to "break the logjam" that has paralyzed Washington since late December, leaving roughly a quarter of the government closed and forcing roughly 800,000 federal employees be furloughed or work without pay.

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