On Saturday, President Donald Trump put forth an immigration compromise bill to end the ongoing government shutdown, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The president’s plan involved new legal protections of beneficiaries of DACA and the provision of funding for a physical barrier at the United States’ Southern border.
As President Trump shared the details of his plan with the American people, he branded it as a “common-sense compromise” which is worthy of bipartisan support. The key points of the bill are as follows:
- $800 million for critical humanitarian aid
- $805 million for new drug exposure technology
- 2750 new border agents and law enforcement professionals
- 75 new immigration judge teams
- $5.7 billion for “strategic deployment of physical barriers”
- Three years of legal support and security from deportation for DACA recipients
- Three-year addition of protections for immigrants under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
During his address, the president explained that the immigration bill would have served as a “temporary fix.” He then explained about future steps forward towards a “finished product.”
“Once the government is open, and we have made a down payment on border security, and immigration reform starts to happen, I plan to convene weekly bipartisan meetings at the White House so we can do a finished product, a great product, a product that we can all be proud of, having to do with that elusive immigration problem.”
Responses to the Immigration Compromise Bill
Democrats made their disdain for the president’s solution known by offering staunch rejections and claiming that the bill simply wasn’t good enough. Their refusal to compromise comes after multiple press conferences where they have pretended to care about the plights of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay. This has prompted some people to believe that Democrats care more about sticking it to Trump under the guise of moral superiority as opposed to actually reopening the government.
Democratic leaders issued the following responses:
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. https://t.co/MFwebWSevG pic.twitter.com/yMTm4iP27h
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019
My response to reported White House offer to end President Trump’s government shutdown in exchange for the border wall and DACA: pic.twitter.com/WhsJgRNW56
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 19, 2019
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