Is Donald Trump's proposed deal really a 'compromise'?

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Donald Trump says he will make a"major announcement from the White House on Saturday Credit UPI Barcroft Images

21 January, 2019

The New York Times reported that Democrats have added more than $1 billion to their previous offer of $1.3 billion for new border security, even if that is still far short of Trump's $5.7 billion figure. "Third, I am ready to sit down at any time after the government is opened and work to resolve all outstanding issues", Durbin said.

President Donald Trump said yesterday that his proposed immigration deal to end a 30-day partial government shutdown would not lead to amnesty for "Dreamers", but appeared to signal support for amnesty as part of a broader immigration agreement.

He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring the proposal for a vote in the Senate this week. Democrats have said they will not negotiate until the government reopens, raising questions about how Trump might move the ball forward.

Some 300,000 people holding visas under Temporary Protection Status (TPS) would also get three years' protection.

Pelosi said, "Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people's lives".

With the rejection of President Trump's latest border security compromise Democrats have rejected security for Americans on many different levels.

Democrats say they support border security but reject a wall.

Pelosi has also previously said that funding for the wall and legal protections for those immigrants known as "Dreamers", a key Democratic goal, should not be linked, calling them "two different subjects" in December. Disagreement over border-wall funding has prevented the formation of a new budget that would re-open the government.

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"Both sides in Washington must simply come together, listen to each other, put down their armour, build trust, reach across the aisle and find solutions", Trump said.

The president later tweeted, in reference to Pelosi's suggestion that Trump not deliver his State of the Union address in person, "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". She is so petrified of the "lefties" in her party that she has lost control.

Meanwhile, several recent polls have shown that a majority of Americans blame Trump for the partial shutdown after the U.S. president left a meeting earlier this month with Pelosi when the House speaker said she wouldn't discuss border wall funding even if he reopened the government.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer echoed her stance shortly after Trump laid out the details of his plan to reopen the government, now nearly a month in shutdown.

But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Trump's offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented - a toxic concept for many conservatives. 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, which refers to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Administration officials said the protections would apply only to those now in the Obama-era program shielding them from deportation, and the temporary protected status would apply to those who now have it and have been in the U.S. since 2011. The Trump administration said in September 2017 it would rescind DACA, but it remains in effect under court order. Both programs have been imperiled by Trump, as he sought to end them early in his presidency.

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