After the partial government shutdown entered the fifth week, American President Donald Trump proposed limited legal protections for illegal immigrants in exchange for money to build his proposed border wall, a plan meant to put pressure on congressional Democrats as the longest government shutdown ever drags into its 29th day.
However, most of the Democrats have turned down the offer without a second thought saying it’s inadequate and unacceptable.
Trump backed legislation to give more than 700,000 immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” temporary legal status and work authorization for three years if their protection gets revoked. He also supported a three-year extension of the legal status of immigrants temporarily protected from deportation.
The American President described his Saturday offer as a way to “break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border.” He did not mention the government worker furloughed or working without pay during his comments.
Trump said the proposal includes some other provisions:
$800 million in “urgent humanitarian assistance”
$805 million for “drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry”
2,750 more border patrol agents and law enforcement officials
75 new immigration judge teams
A mechanism to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries