As the longest government shutdown in history continues to trudge on, President Trump and Congressional Democrats are trading blows back and forth, hoping to convince the other side to budge. Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been adamant that they do not want to give Trump any funding for a wall along the southern border. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.
"What is original in the President's proposal is not good".
"800,000 Americans are going without pay", she tweeted. They want Trump to reopen the government before negotiations proceed, and note that it is the president himself who tried to take away those protections in the first place.
NBC's Geoff Bennett argued that these proposals would be unlikely to change the stance of Democratic lawmakers, who have supported Obama-era immigration programmes for years.
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Democrats say they support border security but reject a wall.
With no formal negotiations happening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans votes to advance the president's latest proposal as early as Tuesday testing what so far has been a almost united Democratic insistence on reopening the government ahead of negotiations on a border-security package.
Democrats are blunt. Steve Elmendorf, one of the top Democratic lobbyists in Washington D.C., told Axios, "Why would any Senate Democrat vote for a bill that was not negotiated with any Senate Democrat?"
President Trump called his proposal a "common sense compromise both party's should embrace" with "lots of compromise". He also said he was optimistic the plan would begin to gain traction after McConnell brings it to the Senate floor on Tuesday - though it's unclear it can pass.
Whoever compromises now will look weak, which is why the shutdown is at 30 days and counting. On this occasion, he sought to strike a diplomatic tone, emphasizing the need to work across the aisle. But he still maintained that a border barrier was needed to block what he describes as the flow of drugs and crime into the country, though he described it as a "steel barriers in high-priority locations".
The Saturday afternoon speech from the West Wing was an attempt by Trump to, at the very least, shift the narrative of the past several weeks and show that rather than spoiling for a longer shutdown fight or making unreasonable demands, he was looking for a broadly acceptable way out of a morass he once boasted he was proud to wade into.
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But more common was the reaction of Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, who accused the White House on Sunday of politicking.
"No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer", Trump tweeted in response to criticism he's also getting from the right.
Trump had not directly responded to her call to delay the State of the Union speech till after the shutdown ends.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday", Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that Trump's proposal "is not amnesty" because "there's no pathway to citizenship". "This is not an amnesty bill", he insisted. But Pelosi dismissed the plan on Saturday as a "nonstarter" and said Democrats in the House would pass their own legislation to reopen the government, once again putting pressure on the Senate to act. "Walls are not immoral, in fact it is the opposite of immoral", Mr. Trump said.
Other Democrats on Sunday largely echoed her position.
Trump said that he was offering a "common-sense compromise" but proposing 3 years of legislative relief for 750,000 DACA recipients, young adults who illegally arrived in the U.S. as children, and a 3-year extension of stay for some 300,000 migrants with temporary protected status.
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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 USA since 2011.