Trump Immigration Plan Includes DACA Extension, Wall Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Pres. trump is willing to make a deal that could end the government shutdown. But, Democrats would still have to approve money for a border wall. The president made his proposal in a speech Saturday afternoon.
- The border wall, a deployment of 230 miles of steel barrier in strategic places this year. The cost would be $5.7 billion.
- Nearly $2 billion for new border agents and judges to reduce the case load from immigration cases.
- An extension of DACA protections for three years, as a compromise, which translates into three more years of protections for DACA recipients from deportation.
- Weekly meetings with both Democrats and Republicans to solve immigration issues.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
"The proposal...is based on input from our border agents, and Homeland Security professionals and professionals they are. They know what they're doing," said Trump. "It is a compassionate response to the ongoing tragedy on our southern border."
Trump said the plan comes from meetings in recent weeks with Democrat lawmakers, and represents some proposals they have supported recently or in the past. He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would likely introduce the bill in the Senate this week.
Democrats were hopeful that @realDonaldTrump was finally willing to re-open government & proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border. Unfortunately, reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of previously rejected initiatives. https://t.co/MFwebWSevG pic.twitter.com/yMTm4iP27h
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Twitter before the announcement that the plan was made up of proposals that had been previously rejected, and was unacceptable, as did other House Democrats.
PHOTO: Donald Trump on Twitter