Trump proposes deal on immigration, Pelosi calls shutdown offer a "non-starter"

Trump proposes deal on immigration, Pelosi calls shutdown offer a

Trump proposes deal on immigration, Pelosi calls shutdown offer a "non-starter"

Below, President Trump's full announcement on the government shutdown and the southern border.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to taunt House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and knock her for rejecting the deal.

The partial government shutdown - a disruptive political weapon nearly unique to the American system - began on December 22 and is now the longest ever.

But Democrats swiftly rejected the proposal, which also includes millions of dollars for humanitarian aid and drug detection technology, and called on Trump to open the government before negotiations on immigration could start.

Meanwhile, Democrats are proposing $563 million to hire 75 more immigration judges and $524 million in order to beef up security at ports of entry from Mexico, but nothing for a border wall, according to the AP.

"I commend the President for his leadership in proposing this bold solution to reopen the government, secure the border, and take bipartisan steps toward addressing current immigration issues", McConnell said in a statement.

The President's latest offer, which he is set to deliver from the White House Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, will link his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall to the BRIDGE Act, legislation that would extend protections for so-called "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived in the USA as children and are covered by the DACA program.

"We hope once people get past the initial statements and initial reaction, when they really look at this legislation, when it comes to the floor of the Senate, they'll see it as an effort by the president to take ideas from both parties", said Pence.

But Trump went on to note that work on the wall is ongoing with or without Democratic support, and that the wall will become a reality regardless of what both the White House and Congress decide to do about existing legal and illegal immigrants. The latest proposal is an attempt to bring Democrats to the table, but it's unclear the new concessions will win them over.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the details publicly.

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After Pelosi suggested shelving Trump's upcoming State of the Union address before Congress - one of the key set-piece political appearances of the year - the president abruptly revoked her right to use an air force plane for a trip to Afghanistan. But he also repeated his warnings, saying: "We have to secure our southern border".

Trump has demanded money to build a wall along the USA southern border with Mexico, a signature campaign promise, but it has been strongly rejected by Democrats who view the wall as expensive, ineffective and "immoral" and call it "a political theater".

Trump will be speaking from the Diplomatic Room at 3 p.m.

Trump has struggled to find a way out of a four-week partial government shutdown over his demand to construct a wall between the US and Mexico. The White House said there was no such leak.

Some of the 800,000 federal employees who have been going unpaid since 22 December are in increasingly dire straits as the shutdown enters its fifth week.

It was an unusually combative week between the executive and legislative branches. Mulvaney added that the onus is now on Democrats to accept the president's plan.

Trump never responded directly. Around 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or working without pay since the shutdown began.

James Carafano, a vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation said Saturday the president should "be applauded" for trying to end the shutdown, before ripping into his latest plan toward doing so.

"The administration leaked that we were traveling commercially", Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol. The president ultimately abandoned that agreement, concerned about angering his base and after Miller and others advised him he should insist on additional immigration restrictions.

Leon Fresco, who defended some of the Obama administration's most controversial enforcement policies as deputy assistant attorney general for the office of immigration litigation, said it's important to wait and see the written legislation.

The White House said it had leaked nothing that would cause a security risk. But this very violence is also why women have chosen to travel in caravans. "Democrats shouldn't play this game with Trump".

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