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President Trump’s compromise plan to open the government rejected by Democrats

This news story was published on January 20, 2019.
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President Trump delivers the speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump offered a plan Saturday to re-open the federal government, a compromise for billions in border security measures in exchange for concessions for DACA recipients.

The following is the plan offered by President Trump to re-open the government:

To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen: Call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.

Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: President Donald J. Trump is showing strong leadership by working with Congress to find a solution to reopen our government and secure the border.

  • The President is solving the decades old problem of border security.
  • The negotiation team tasked by President Trump has been working with Republicans and Democrats to find a compromise to reopen the government while providing border security.
  • The President is bringing together the best ideas from both sides to come up with solution to a complex problem.

RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT FUNDING: The bipartisan and common sense legislation proposed by President Trump will reopen our government and secure the border.

  • $5.7 billion to fund a steel barrier system, including embedded investments in technology and roads, on our southern border in the priority areas cited by Border Patrol.
    • This is in addition to the more than 115 miles of barriers already built, replaced, or contracted under President Trump.
  • $805 million for technology, canines, and personnel to help stop the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband. This includes:
    • $675 million for drug detection inspection technology to help secure our ports of entry.
    • $130 million for canine units, training, personnel and portable scanners to help deter and detect smuggled narcotics, weapons, and other dangerous materials.
  • $800 million dollars in humanitarian assistance, medical support, and new temporary housing.
  • $782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border agents, law enforcement officers, and staff.
  • $563 million to support our immigration court system, including hiring 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the immigration court backlog of 800,000 cases.

BIPARTISAN SOLUTION: As part of President Trump’s willingness to compromise to reopen the government, he is proposing to grant provisional status to current DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients.

  • Provisional status will be granted for three years for current DACA recipients, covering 700,000 illegal immigrants brought here by their parents at a young age.
    • This status will give them access to work permits, social security numbers, and protection from deportation.
  • Provisional status will be granted to certain current TPS recipients for three years, providing 300,000 immigrants whose protected status is facing expiration more certainty as Congress works on a larger immigration deal.

IMMEDIATE CRISIS: President Trump’s proposal would solve the immediate security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border, but would not solve all of our immigration challenges.

  • America faces an immediate humanitarian crisis from our unsecured border.
    • According to a 2017 Doctors Without Borders Report, more than 30 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the border.
    • On average, the United States Border Patrol refers approximately 50 individuals to a hospital or medical provider, including children who cross the border in need of medical attention.
    • The number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally has grown dramatically in recent months. This past December, Border Patrol apprehended 32,284 families and unaccompanied children. Just six months prior, Border Patrol apprehended only 13,164 families and unaccompanied children.
  • The country still faces serious immigration issues that need a permanent solution, including interior enforcement, asylum reform, worksite verification, the 11 million people living in the country unlawfully, and moving toward a merit-based immigration system.
    • Once the government is open and the immediate crisis is addressed, President Trump will hold weekly bipartisan meetings to reform our immigration system.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement in support of the President’s plan:

“Hardworking Iowans, and Americans across the country, are sick of government shutdowns and dysfunction in Washington. Americans want their elected officials to work together to solve the toughest problems facing our country – from our border security and immigration challenges to our broken budget and appropriations process.

“Our lack of border security has resulted in a humanitarian crisis with tens of thousands of illegal and inadmissible immigrants on our southern border every month. At the same time, many young, undocumented children were brought here by parents, caretakers, and so forth through no fault of their own. We should show compassion toward these now young men and women and pursue a measured approach that addresses their unique situation, while also respecting our immigration laws and discouraging future illegal immigration.

“I agree with President Trump and many of my colleagues that securing our southern border is a key part of a system to discourage illegal immigration and curb human trafficking and the transport of illegal weapons and drugs – in addition to the ability of gangs and terrorists to exploit the holes in our system.

“We have an opportunity to pass a bipartisan immigration bill. The deal President Trump has put on the table is one that both Democrats and Republicans can support. A bipartisan plan that includes a secure border will not only reopen the government, but also put the wellbeing of American citizens first.”

Democrats rejected President Trump’s plan before it was formally delivered. Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement in advance of the President’s address:

Nancy Pelosi

“Democrats were hopeful that the President was finally willing to re-open government and proceed with a much-need discussion to protect the border.“Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that 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. It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.

“Democrats support smart, effective border security solutions:

– Increased infrastructure investments at our ports of entry including additional ports and roads;
– Advanced technology to scan for drugs, weapons and contraband where the vast majority of drugs come in to our country and advanced technology to detect unauthorized crossings;
– More customs personnel including filling the more than 3,000 customs and border patrol vacancies; and
– More immigration judges.

“Next week, Democrats will pass a package of six bills agreed to by House and Senate negotiators and other legislation to re-open government so that we can fully negotiate on border security proposals.

“The President must sign these bills to re-open government immediately and stop holding the American people hostage with this senseless shutdown. Each day he prolongs this needless crisis, Coast Guardsmen, FBI agents, border patrol officers, TSA agents, and hundreds of thousands more workers are forced to live without knowing how they can feed their families or pay their bills.

“The President has taken pride in shutting down government. Now, he must take action to open up government.”

Sunday, President Trump fired back at Speaker Pelosi, saying, “Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don’t see crime & drugs, they only see 2020 – which they are not going to win.”

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50 Responses to President Trump’s compromise plan to open the government rejected by Democrats

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Amazing that a 78 years old lady and politician is receiving a salary to direct lawmakers in the creation of bills towards improvement of the American people. She has the responsibility to help our president to secure and protect our country, however she seems to be absorbed by helping illegals versus us, the citizens of this country based on hateful politics and the resentment that he was able in a short period of time reverse our economy and the creation of jobs versus keeping the poor living out of the welfare system. She is evil and we, the American people have the right to demand for her removal. She is destructive, revengeful, obstructionist and more importantly, anti-American.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2019 at 7:50 am

    We already know how bad Pelosi and Schumer mistreat the citizens of the United States. The Democrats are destroying America.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Why is this one old hag able to tell the president what and where he can do things, Arrest her and charge her with treason, Put her in a nursing home somewhere and let her run it,

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Dems won’t open the government!! Dems need to fund the wall. The American people are sick of selfish Dems and dishonest reporting!!!!

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Build the WALL ! Get Mc Carty’s grandson to start locking up these demorat commies besterds.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Good grief. Learn how to construct a sentence before you post. Your ignorance destroys your message.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I’m really confused on how AOC went to college! Let alone graduating high school! Who the heck voted for her?! Did they do it as a joke?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Where did you graduate college? Trump University?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 23, 2019 at 8:53 am

        What’s that got to do with the braindead liberal A.O.C. She’s probably your illegal daughter.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Finally the TRUTH is stated! Oh, how wonderful it would be to have Pelosi and all the other Democrats who care for themselves but NOT for America removed from their respective positions ASAP!

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Pelosi should step down, is not for AMERICA, just her own agenda, Socialism and what’s for ME. Nancy you better retire why you still remember where the bathroom is. Pelosi is evil. Eventually President Trump will just do what he thinks is best. It surely won’t be because Nancy agreed!!!

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Nancy could care less about Americans she is willing to sacrifice your life for her power.

  10. Forest Gump Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Keep the gubment shut down till Mexico pays for the wall, Trumps signature promise! Its just a box of chocolates.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Democrat party = COMMUNISM !!!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Republican party = KKK !!!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 21, 2019 at 6:48 pm

        How could Republican = kkk when the Democrats started the kkk

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm

          They took it over in the 60s. It is now an improved model of hate and much harder to see because of all their technological expertise – or maybe it was the Russians who helped them with that. Whatever, it is now all Red and their braying is disguised well.

          • Anonymous

            January 22, 2019 at 5:48 am

            Let me guess… the moon landing was fake, right?

          • Anonymous

            January 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

            The moon landing has nothing to do with it. Besides, that is a right wing conspiracy theory. Just stick to the facts.

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 4:29 am

            Stick to the facts? The people forming up in these ‘caravans’ know good and well that if they wait til after we get a wall built, it will be much, much harder to push their way into the United States ILLEGALLY.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      GOP are the ones now kissing Russia’s asshole.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2019 at 8:48 am

    IF THE WALL IS NOT BUILT NOW ! IT WILL NEVER BE BUILT AND AMERICA will become A CHITHOLE overrun by illegals immigrant felons who want freebies and some even plan the destruction of America and its patriotic masses.

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Dems are doing everything , except their job.They’ve been galavanting, with lobbyists, in Puerto Rico, Making appearances on Late Night shows, Iowa, and even Dentist’s offices to launch their 2020 presidential campaigns. Time to show who the obstructionists are!

    • an Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Why are you blaming Democrats? Trump had majorities in both the Senate and House for 2 years. Why wait until that changed to start this b.s.?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm

        Because Wally Bonespurs is a complete and utter asshole.

        • IOWA Reply Report comment

          January 22, 2019 at 9:12 am

          I love the way the right just ignores a question when they have no answer for it. They think it goes away into never never land and is fake news. Pretty soon they will be saying Trump never had a majority in both and that is why he isn’t doing anything.

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 4:07 am

            Sounds like you’re saying this wall should have been built sooner. I think the whole world knows that. The need for the wall has been glaringly obvious for years and years. It should have been built a long time ago. So, liberal obstructionists are not really fooling anybody today with their opposition to anything Trump. It’s just political posturing, pure and simple.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Only idiots think that the partial government shutdown is a problem. There on vacation and will be paid for it when it is opened. That’s a far cry from most people in the real world who work everyday and have tp produce for a pay check not just show up,

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Haven’t you ever heard of tunnels, ladders, and airplanes? The stupid wall will be useless, but he can go ahead and spend your money to build it if he wants one.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 22, 2019 at 5:18 am

        Think about the reasons why most people lock their doors.

        It really is just as simple as that.

        The reasons you cite are just plain stupid.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

          I know. No house that has its doors locked has ever been broken into. What the hell is the matter with these liberals

          • Anonymous

            January 22, 2019 at 11:07 am

            You lock your doors why? Double down stupid.

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 4:22 am

            I think that the next time your furnace clicks on, you should just fling open your windows. That will teach it a lesson.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 22, 2019 at 11:58 am

          Locks are to keep honest people honest. A crook is going to break in anyway.

          • Anonymous

            January 22, 2019 at 12:26 pm

            Just like the bad people will get into the US whether we have a wall or not.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Open the government then start negotiating!!
    What a fxxxxxx Moron!! Nothing would get gone just like the past 40 years !! Keep it SHUT DOWN

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Open the government and then start negotiating. That is pretty simple.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Sorry, snowflake, but actions have consequences.

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Goofy Nancy and Cryin Chuckie are what you get when you leave them in office for so long they think they are above the law.TERM LIMITS. The democrats know it. That is why some who know her the best is trying to distance themself from her.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 20, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Yeah, right. The real Republicans are distancing ourselves from the Dumpster Fire as fast as we can, and will vote with Democrats to impeach this unqualified moron as soon as the bill is introduced.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 22, 2019 at 5:35 am

        Think back honestly on how many of your Trump predictions have been accurate. The key word here is ‘honestly’. But, don’t despair because you have lots of company. President Donald Trump is the most underestimated man in the world right now.

        You will have to eventually face the consequences if you continue to underestimate the man. I doubt if you will ever be able to embrace the mission of our president because of your very obvious limitations, but you can lessen the pain if you turn away from Trump hatred. It’s not doing you any favors.

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Alcoholics do not make rational or logical decisions. Pelosi is exhibiting all the signs of substance abuse…..probably more than one substance.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 20, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      You should know.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

        How would I know Dumb Ass? I don’t drink alcohol and have never ever done illegal drugs. I leave that for you liberals.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 20, 2019 at 6:01 pm

        Demonrats have no comprehension of what is right and what is wrong. They lack morales; they lack principles; they lack a deep reverence for the United States of America. They all support a one world government which will destroy this nation.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 21, 2019 at 10:52 am

          Republipervs are the ones with no morals. They think they can take whatever they want.

          • Anonymous

            January 22, 2019 at 5:46 am

            I am a Republican, and I don’t think that way at all. You have been sold a ‘bill of goods’ by others who have learned how to manipulate a narrative that works at getting your vote, but delivers nothing but a life of crippling entitlements and promises.

  19. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 11:28 am

    “President Trump has consistently made fair compromise offers. But Democrats have been woefully absent at the negotiating table.” —

  20. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 11:27 am

    ” I haven’t pinned down exactly what mutation of tyrannical government the left is leaning for, but it’s no question over in the evil quadrant. Many of these blind fools can’t see it, and it will be upon them by the time in comes clear. Every governmental expansion and infringement takes us further from the Constitution”.

  21. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I’m a proud liberal democrat and I want you all to know that I respect those entering the United States illegally more than you that have their wages reduced from those illegals I respect. Just because your wages have been reduced because of illegal immigration it doesn’t mean we don’t want your votes. So please keep voting for us even though your wages are affected, healthcare insurance is out of control with obama care. Please keep your mind closed and keep pulling that lever for us.