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Shutdown Update: Trump Offers Concessions on ‘Dreamers’ in Exchange for Wall Funding

Should Democrats take the deal?

by Countable | Updated on 1.19.19

  • President Donald Trump has offered protections from deportations for millions of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children (so-called “Dreamers”) in exchange for the $5.7 billion he’s seeking for his border wall with Mexico.
  • The proposal also includes a request for $800 million for "urgently needed humanitarian assistance," $805 million for "drug-detection technology," 750 new border agent professionals, and 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the court backlogs of unauthorized immigrants awaiting hearings.
  • Trump called the proposal - which would offer "three years of legislative relief" for Dreamers and individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) - a "compassionate response to the crisis at our border." He added that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to bring the bill to a vote in the Senate this week.
  • Trump made the remarks on day 29 of the partial government shutdown, which is the result of the president and Congressional Democrats being unable to reach a compromise on border security.
  • Democrats have so far rejected any compromise that includes funds for a border wall. Anticipating Trump would make the offer he did, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the proposal was a "non-starter."
"His proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives."

Remind me what happened with DACA…

  • Trump terminated the Obama-era policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in September 2017.
  • The program protected “Dreamers” from deportation.
  • A trio of federal judges later ruled against the shuttering of DACA and said the program had to continue accepting new applicants.
  • In May 2018, Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska and four other states sued the Trump administration over its failure to shut down the DACA program in the hopes of fast-tracking the DREAMer fight to the Supreme Court. This past Friday (January 18), SCOTUS hinted that it wouldn’t hear Trump’s DACA appeal this term.

The State of the Shutdown: January 19

  • Saturday, January 19, marks the 29th day of the partial government shutdown.
  • Congress and the White House are trying to broker a deal after the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) on December 20th that included $5.7 billion for border security ― including wall construction ― and $7.8 billion in disaster relief along party-lines. It lacked the votes to advance in the Senate, as have bills passed in January by the Democrat-controlled House since the new Congress convened.
  • Approximately 800,000 federal workers won't receive their paychecks because of the budget impasse.
  • Seven departments have been affected, including Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury.
  • Sections of Yosemite National Park and much of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks are closed. People are reporting longer lines at airports due to short staffing at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Other impacts of the shutdown include Smithsonian museums shuttering and various federal agencies putting loan applications on hold. Native American tribes who receive substantial federal funding are struggling as well.

—Josh Herman

Countable

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  • Bmarkis
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    Take the wall out of the deal. Immigration from Mexico is already at a ten year low and the majority of illegal immigrants in this country overstayed their visas; a wall is hardly the answer. Give border patrol the manpower and technological resources it needs and expand the immigration courts to handle illegal immigrants and those who have overstayed their visas. Tell Senate to do their job and pass a bill with or without Trump; they hold the power now.

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  • Ken
    01/19/2019
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    Why dont we try making more avenues for those wanting entrance to our country rather than spend billions on detention camps and walls. We now have more job openings than people to fill them. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone instead of killing 2 downtrodden immigrants with one wall. One way builds our economy while the other just builds hate. .

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  • Matthew
    Voted Yes
    01/19/2019
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    This gets both sides what they want his could Libs not like this? Oh wait they need an open boarder for more votes and don’t care if American citizens die from MS13 members. Shame on you Democrat’s

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  • Judith
    Voted Maybe
    01/19/2019
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    I say build the wall and don’t offer anything about dreamers! Send them all home and save all the money you spend on them and build the wall!

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  • Jean
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    First, take the wall off the table. Come on Senate. The House legislation is out there. The ball is in your court. So for now, you own the shut down. Pass it off to Trump with enough votes to override.

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  • Jared
    Voted Yes
    01/19/2019
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    End the gridlock and stop rejecting everything for political reasons. Negotiate and make a deal already. Country over party. Get our government open again now!

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  • Owstn
    01/19/2019
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    Shortly before President Trump spoke, Pelosi, the top U.S. Democrat, in a statement said the offer was "unacceptable" and did not "represent a good-faith effort to restore certainty to people's lives." She said the president's offer was unlikely to gain the votes needed to pass the House or Senate. President Trump could give them everything they want and they would still trun him down. Ask your self why? It is evident that Pelosi and the other Democrats don't really care about the layed off workers. If they did they would be meeting with the President and the Republicans.

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  • Rick
    Voted Maybe
    01/19/2019
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    I want to say No, but I now think that Trump and his hateful base would bankrupt 800k people to get their way, and take pride & joy in doing it - and I don’t feel so good about letting the federal employees and their families take this big a hit for the rest of us. I know it’s a bad idea to make Trump think that this is a viable negotiating tactic, but the cost of the shutdown is growing and may already exceed the $ Trump is demanding. At this point I’d support my reps in Congress, who I hope have more of a feel for how things are going than I do, voting their consciences.

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  • Mildred
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    Take the wall out of the deal. Make the DACA protections permanent. What he is offering is dependent on his whims. We have seen his promises that he renigs on. Stop holding our government employees hostage to this tyrant's whims. Enough is enough. To those saying take the deal it's the best we can get. Really, give into a child's temper tantrum will only encourage more of the same behavior. This bully needs to get used to the word no. To do the job of opening our government. He took an oath to do this when he accepted the position of president.

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  • Stewart
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    Don’t take the “deal”! The DACA protections , TPS and pilot program for children to apply for asylum in their home countries that was started under the Obama Administration were ALL eliminated by this current President! He created these crisis’! Come up with a PERMANENT solution for the Dreamers and TPS and open the Government.

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  • Wendy
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    If this is the “greatest negotiator” it is pathetic. As a taxpayer, there is no way I want the government to appropriate 2.7 BILLION dollars for the wall. Keeping Trump’s campaign promise would require MEXICO to pay for it. I do not support the wall, nor do I support a lying, criminal grifter, skip artist, treasonous President. But you all do. The question is why? Why would the majority of congressional GOP members continue their support. This has always seemed very fishy to me. I know Rubio (among others, including McConnell) received donations from entities owned by Len Blavatnik, friend of Deripaska, but I suspect there’s more to learn. Why would so many GOP support the end of sanctions on Deripaska? The attempted Russian destruction of our democracy may include many Congressional traitors. Maybe YOU all are the real Dark State? Hopefully all will be revealed...

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  • Mark
    Voted Yes
    01/20/2019
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    Democrats should accept this profoundly magnanimous offer. I would never have been so generous. Not in a million years. That said, only one question remains. Does Nancy Pelosi hate President Trump more than she loves America and our Dreamers?

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  • Christine
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    Nothing new was offered. He took away DACA and TPS. Same old rhetoric. Both sides need to sit down, negotiate and compromise to OPEN the government. djt must STOP holding the American people hostage for a wall. This weakens our country.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Yes
    01/19/2019
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    TYPICAL DEMOCRATIC OBSTRUCTIONIST MENTALITY ONCE AGAIN THEY ONLY WISH TO MAINTAIN “THEIR WAY OR NO WAY” ATTITUDE. President Donald Trump on offered in good an immigration deal to end the government shutdown, providing temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants along with other measures in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for his border barrier/wall. But the overture, made in an address from the White House, had ben, as expected, been rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who said it largely was a repackaged a proposal that had failed earlier. SAD. SAD. SAD. SAD. SAD. SneakyPete..... 🙀👿👿👿🙀..... 1*19*19.....

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  • Gopin2018
    Voted Yes
    01/19/2019
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    Yes they should, but we know they will just throw it back in his face. Declare a national emergency and Build the wall. #MAGA #BuildTheWall

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  • Mckay
    Voted Yes
    01/19/2019
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    Take the deal.

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  • Lezlie
    Voted No
    01/20/2019
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    I don’t want the border wall on my bill. I don’t feel that the tax payers should be made to pay for something that solves nothing.

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  • George
    Voted No
    01/21/2019
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    “Three year’s legislative relief” isn’t a compromise, it’s a joke. A President is not a dictator. Good on the Democrats for doing their Constitutional function of checking his power; shame on the Republicans for failing to do so.

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  • Ben
    Voted No
    01/19/2019
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    There is nothing that can offered that would make a wall acceptable. Conceding will set a VERY dangerous precedent that will not be forgotten by the voters.

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  • Chickie
    Voted No
    01/20/2019
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    Now #45 is making blatant threats to representatives who do not agree with him regarding the American taxpayers funding his useless Wall. Sen. Mitch McConnell, how two-faced of you to bring #45’s so-called proposal for a vote, but denying the Senate to vote on bills that have been passed in the House. A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO NOT WANT THE WALL. It is not the answer for border security. Representatives must do what they were elected to do: REPRESENT the wants of their constituents.

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  • ConservativeGuy
    Voted Yes
    01/19/2019
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    Liberals are children.

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