Trump Offers Democrats a Dreamer Deal in Return for the Wall

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PresidentTtrump proposes a three-year extension for Dreamers if they will vote for his wall.

Today, President Trump offered a 3-Year Extension of Protection for ‘Dreamers’ in exchange for $5.7 billion for wall. Pelosi has already ruled it out as a ‘non-starter’.

President Trump made a new offer Saturday to Democrats aimed at ending the 29-day partial government shutdown that would extend deportation protections for some immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.

Trump’s proposal is designed to ramp up pressure on Democrats by offering a reprieve on his attempts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and temporary protected status (TPS) for immigrants from some Latin American and African nations.

Under the new proposal, the administration would allow those programs to continue — addressing a key concern of Democrats and some moderate Republicans.

It would also grant hundreds of millions of dollars for humanitarian assistance and drug detection policy and call for the hiring of thousands of new law enforcement agents to be deployed on the southern border.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it a “non-starter” and implored Trump to take action to open the government.

“The President must sign these bills to re-open government immediately and stop holding the American people hostage with this senseless shutdown,” Pelosi said.

A senior House Democratic aide said Democrats were not consulted on the plan, which the aide said is “not a compromise” because it still includes Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — the request that led to the shutdown.

Polls

  • About half of Americans (51%) said it would be unacceptable if the only way to end the shutdown was to pass a bill that includes Trump's requested funding for the border wall, according to a Pew Research Center poll released on Wednesday. On the other side, 29% said it would be unacceptable for the only end to the shutdown to come via a bill that does not include the president's requested funding for the wall.
  • Multiple other polls show similar sentiments, including a Quinnipiac University finding that 61% of voters would support a bill funding new border security measures without funding a wall, including 36% of Republicans, 78% of Democrats and two-thirds of independents.
    Seven-in-ten Americans said that shutting down the federal government in order to reach an agreement on government policy is a bad strategy and only 22% thought it was a good strategy, according to a PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
  • Support for the wall is still low, at around four-in-ten, across all the polls (40% support in Pew, 43% in Quinnipiac, 39% in CNN/SSRS and 42% in ABC/Washington Post).
  • The Pew survey found that only about a third of Americans (34%) said that expanding the wall would lead to a major reduction in illegal immigration to the US and, according to Quinnipiac's poll, 43% of voters feel a wall is an effective way to protect the border.

Coulter Blasts Trump

We voted for Trump but Got Jeb Bush says Ann Coulter.

Meanwhile, as long as the public blames Trump for the government shutdown, the shutdown will continue.

Eventually, the Democrats will get a package they can accept, Trump will agree to fund the government and hold talks, or Congress will override a Trump veto.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Carl_R
Carl_R

The thing that is crazy about this is that I think everyone, on both sides, knows that walls actually do work, albeit they need to be supplemented with other things. You put locks on your house because they work, but you supplement them with a security system, perhaps neighborhood monitoring, and certainly a local police force. You don't trust the locks alone, but you also don't trust the other things and then do without locks. The craziest thing of all is when someone makes an argument that "walls don't work", and then cites the Berlin wall, a wall that was extremely effective, though I grant that it's effectiveness was greatly supplemented by the fact that guards routinely shot and killed when someone tried to escape.

So, yes, obviously walls do make it easier to control the border, though they need to be supplemented by human border patrol agents, and high tech things as well. No, the $5b is not a significant portion of the annual budget. So, if the fight really isn't over walls, and it really isn't over money, what is it over? It's over politics. Both sides seem to think they will benefit in the long run from making the other side look bad.

Ron Cataldi
Ron Cataldi

Pelosi has Trump by the nuts and he put them right in her hand. Moron. She took down GWB with less ammo and he spent 4 years as a lame duck.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump is at real risk of losing the Republicans in the Senate. Between trade war tariffs and dropping sanctions on Russian oligarchs actions that are not popular with Republicans Trump's surprises will eventually erode support, support Trump needs should the Democrats start impeachment. Doesn't make any sense.

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Oh Mish, Mish, Mish. Trump knows the DemonRats will vote against this. He will look like the bigger person because he offered a compromise."

Spare me the sap. You think I don't understand he may do that. But it comes with repercussions and Trump knows that.

Irondoor
Irondoor

Declare an emergency, build the wall as a symbol of America’s commitment to the rule of law. You can’t just walk into my country any more than you can just walk into my house and help yourself to my stuff. Present yourself at my back door, identify yourself and state your case. If it’s reasonable, I’ll check you out and consider helping you. If not, you can be on your way and try the next country. Or, you can go back to your place of origin, get your fellow caravaners together and try to fix it. I am not the cause of or responsible for your problems.