US President Donald Trump will propose a deal on Saturday meant to end a 29-day partial government shutdown, offering a compromise with Democrats on immigration but sticking to his demand for funding for a border wall, a source familiar with his plan said.
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 previous year, when Democrats were the ones instigating a shutdown.
To ensure wall 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 after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence. Earlier Friday, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., who leads the House Appropriations Committee's homeland security subcommittee, said in an interview that some Democrats were asking leaders, "What is our plan?"
After the announcement, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump had "single-handedly" taken away Dreamers and TPS protections and that offering some protections back was "not a compromise but more hostage taking".
Democrats criticized the expected proposal because it didn't seem to be a permanent solution for those immigrants and because it includes money for the wall along the US-Mexico border, which the party strongly opposes.
Trump also said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring the latest proposal to the floor next week, something that the White House hopes will move moderate Democrats.
"These are steel barriers in high priority locations", Trump said in his speech, adding that it was not a complete barrier on the border "from sea to sea".
Trump is expected to say he'd accept temporarily protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of young "Dreamer" immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children.
Instead, he was expected to propose the outlines of a deal that the administration believes could have the potential to pave the way for a shutdown end, according to one of the people.
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Trump and the Democrats failed to reach an agreement on the border wall funding, which lead to some quarter of the federal government to shut down on December 22.
Donald Trump has offered legal relief to "dreamer" immigrants as part of a plan to secure funding for his border wall and end the United States government shutdown. Trump retaliated by stopping Pelosi using military transport for a visit to troops in Afghanistan.
Once the government is open, Trump said he will hold weekly bipartisan meetings to reform the immigration system.
"Everyone has made their point", he said in a statement.
Their status would be extended an additional three years, as would those of the children of undocumented immigrants, often referred to as "Dreamers". Vice President Mike Pence, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney have been working "non-stop" on the proposal, according to one of the people.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) chastised the Democratic opposition to the proposal as "completely irrational obstructionism", while Sen.
Declaring an emergency would be an attempt by Trump to circumvent Congress and its power over the federal purse strings to pay for his wall.
The move, amid a shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, represents the first major overture by the president since January 8, when he delivered an Oval Office address making the public case for his border wall.
Polls showed Americans increasingly blame Trump for the shutdown, the 19th since the mid-1970s. The Trump administration said in September 2017 it would rescind DACA, but it remains in effect under court order. A day earlier Pelosi publicly suggested Trump either delay his State of the Union speech or submit it in writing, citing the shutdown.