Trump: DACA deal for wall

Democrats say plan to end shut­down is a ‘non-starter’

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Jill Colvin, Cather­ine Lucey and Zeke Miller

WASHINGTON — In a bid to break the shut­down im­passe and fund his long-promised bor­der wall, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day of­fered to ex­tend tem­po­rary pro­tec­tions from de­por­ta­tion for young peo­ple brought to the U.S. il­le­gally as chil­dren.

But while Trump cast the move as a “com­mon-sense com­pro­mise,” Democrats were quick to dis­miss it as a “non-starter.”

Trump de­clared from the White House that “both sides in Washington must sim­ply come to­gether,” adding he was there “to break the log­jam and pro­vide Congress with a path for­ward to end the gov­ern­ment shut­down and solve the cri­sis on the south­ern bor­der.”

But Trump did not budge on his $5.7 bil­lion de­mand for the wall and, in essence, of­fered to tem­po­rar­ily roll back some of his own hawk­ish im­mi­gra­tion ac-

tions — ac­tions that have been blocked by fed­eral courts.

Democrats dis­missed Trump’s pro­posal even be­fore his for­mal re­marks.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the pro­posal was “a com­pi­la­tion of sev­eral pre­vi­ously re­jected ini­tia­tives, each of which is un­ac­cept­able.”

The Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat said Trump’s of­fer was “not a good­faith ef­fort” to help im­mi­grants and could not pass the House. She noted the pro­tec­tions for ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram and some refugees would be tem­po­rary.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illi­nois, the sec­ond-rank­ing Sen­ate Demo­cratic leader, echoed Pelosi, and both lead­ers re­it­er­ated the party’s in­sis­tence that the pres­i­dent and Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., must fund and re­open the gov­ern­ment be­fore any ne­go­ti­a­tions on bor­der se­cu­rity

fund­ing.

It’s not clear whether the of­fer would be enough to break an im­passe that has re­sulted in 800,000 fed­eral work­ers be­ing fur­loughed and numer­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, to operate at min­i­mal staffing lev­els. Many fur­loughed work­ers have been forced to rely on food banks or other jobs.

The 29-day par­tial shut­down is the long­est in U.S. gov­ern­ment his­tory.

Seek­ing to cast the plan as a bi­par­ti­san way for­ward, Trump said Satur­day he had sup­port from “rank-and-file” Democrats.

But a se­nior House Demo­cratic aide noted that Democrats were not con­sulted about the pro­posal. “This is not a com­pro­mise as it in­cludes the same waste­ful, in­ef­fec­tive $5.7 bil­lion wall de­mand that shut down the gov­ern­ment in the first place,” the aide said.

Democrats also fre­quently point out that Trump long claimed Mexico would pay for the wall.

Trump said McCon­nell would bring the leg­is­la­tion to a vote this week, though Democrats ap­peared likely to block it. McCon­nell had pre­vi­ously stated that no vote should be held in the Sen­ate un­til Trump and Democrats agreed on a bill.

Trump’s re­marks marked the sec­ond time he has ad­dressed the na­tion as the par­tial shut­down drags on. On this oc­ca­sion, he sought to strike a di­plo­matic tone, em­pha­siz­ing trust and the need to work across the aisle. But he still main­tained 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 “steel bar­ri­ers in high-priority lo­ca­tions.”

To en­sure fund­ing, Trump said he would ex­tend pro­tec­tions for young peo­ple brought to the coun­try il­le­gally as chil­dren, known as “Dream­ers,” as well as for those with tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus, or TPS, af­ter flee­ing coun­tries af­fected by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or vi­o­lence.

But with cur­rent DACA ben­e­fi­cia­ries pro­tected by the courts into at least 2020, pend­ing a Supreme Court re­view, the pres­i­dent’s pro­posal is even less en­tic­ing to im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said the pro­tec­tions would ap­ply only to those cur­rently in the Oba­maera pro­gram shield­ing them from de­por­ta­tion, and the tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus would ap­ply to those who cur­rently have it and have been in the coun­try since 2011. Peo­ple from El Sal­vador,

Gu­atemala, Hon­duras and Haiti — coun­tries that saw the sta­tus re­voked un­der Trump — would get a re­prieve.

Jared Kush­ner, Trump’s sonin-law and se­nior aide, has led the work on the pro­pos­als, said three peo­ple fa­mil­iar with White House think­ing who were not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly. Some said Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, act­ing chief of staff Mick Mul­vaney and Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen also were in­volved.

Still, Trump could face blow­back from con­ser­va­tives, in­clud­ing prom­i­nent com­men­ta­tors, who have op­posed any at­tempts to ex­tend de­por­ta­tion pro­tec­tions from un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants.

Trump was asked Satur­day if the shut­down had be­come too per­sonal be­tween him­self and Pelosi.

“It’s not per­sonal for me,” Trump said Satur­day morn­ing. Pelosi is “be­ing con­trolled by the rad­i­cal left,” he said.

“This is not a com­pro­mise as it in­cludes the same waste­ful, in­ef­fec­tive $5.7 bil­lion wall de­mand that shut down the gov­ern­ment in the first place.” Se­nior House Demo­cratic aide

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/GETTY-AFP

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pro­posed plan to end the 29-day par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down was panned on Satur­day.

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