Congressional Democrats reject Trump’s compromise offer; shutdown still has no end in sight

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 19: United States President Donald J. Trump makes remarks as he hosts a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 19, 2019. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Congressional Democrats rejected President Trump’s prposed immigration compromise on Saturday, some before he even officially proposed it.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, called the proposal by Trump a “non-starter” and said that it would not pass in either chamber of Congress.  

President Trump in a televised address said that he would be willing to extend DACA protections for 700,000 ‘Dreamers’ for three years as well as the deportation protections of TPS recepiencts for three years.

TPS is Temporary Protection Status for immigrants fleeing armed conflict or natural disasters in their home countries. There are currently 300,000 people residing in the United States under the program.

In exchange for these extensions, Trump would have recieved $5.7 billion for his proposed wall in “high priority locations” that add up to roughly 230 miles on the southern border. 

Pelosi rejected the plan because it does not provide a path to citizenship for the DACA recipients. She said in a later tweet that Democrats would pass various border security measures that did not include a wall.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, also critisized the plan “not a compromise but more hostage taking.” 

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, said that he would bring the proposal before the Senate for a vote later this week. It is highly unlikely to pass and would need seven Democrats to brank ranks, assuming all Republicans voted ‘yes’.

The government has remained in partial shutdown since late 2018 and entered its fifth week on Saturday. There still appears to be no end in site.

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