President Trump offers Democrats major concessions to end shutdown
President Trump spoke to the America people (and Congressional Democrats) today from the White House, symbolically speaking from the Diplomatic Room and offered Democrats a number of major compromises in an effort to end the government shutdown.
Negotiations are currently stalled, with House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer refusing to enter into any negotiations whatsoever with President Trump as the government shutdown over border wall funding heads toward a second month.
Trump began his remarks by reminding the American people that it is previous administrations, and prior Congressional leaders who have brought us to this current situation, by failing for many decades to address immigration and border security in any meaningful way.
He cited this failure as being responsible not just for a constant flow of illegal immigrants, but for turning the southern border into the entry point of choice for meth, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. He noted that not only does illicit drug trafficking kill 78,000 people a year, but that our country spends $700 Billion annually to treat and combat addictions to narcotics. He lamented the horrible abuses and sexual assaults that women and children suffer as they attempt to make their way illegally into the United States, and that our open border allows criminals and gang members to freely enter our country to victimize American citizens.
“As a candidate for President, I promised that I would fix this crisis, and I intend to keep that promise one way or the other.”
The president called for “political courage”, asking partisans to, “put down their armor”, and bring both sides together to “find solutions”. To jump-start the process, Trump offered Democrats numerous concessions, including deportation protection for two large classes of illegals. DACA recipients, and holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for barriers.
It is important to remember that there has never been legislation legalizing DACA. It is an executive order issued by President Obama that has been ruled unconstitutional, though that ruling has been placed on hold as it wends its way up through the courts. DACA currently is at risk of ending on any given day with one court ruling.
His offer to legitimize DACA for three years, would protect over 700,000 illegals who were brought into the U.S. as minors from deportation.
TPS currently protects nearly 500,000 illegals from various countries that have suffered natural disasters. The Trump administration has already cancelled TPS protection for citizens of half a dozen countries where the threat no longer exists, though that order also is temporarily on hold as it navigates the courts. That hold too, could end any day.