The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has established new plans in his project of the Mexican wall to try to end with a partial closure of the government that will last more than four weeks.
One of his "commitments" was about the so-called Dreamers, who illegally entered the United States when they were young. He still wants $ 5.7bn (£ 4.5bn) to finance the wall.
The Democrats have refused to finance it and before the speech had already rejected the expected concessions.
The closure, the longest in history, has affected 800,000 federal workers.
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What was Mr. Trump's address?
The president himself had followed the speech as an "important announcement".
He began by saying that the USA. UU They had a proud history of welcoming new legal immigrants, but that the immigration system had been "severely damaged for a long time."
Mr. Trump said that in his election campaign he had committed to fix the system and "I intend to fulfill that promise one way or another."
He said he was "here to break the jam" about the closure.
He again explained his reasons for building the wall and again demanded the $ 5.7 billion to finance it.
The two new ideas referred to dreamers and holders of the temporary protection status (TPS).
There are some 700,000 dreamers who were young when they illegally entered the United States with their parents,
Dreamers are currently protected from deportation under a program that allows them to work but not obtain citizenship. It's a program that Mr. Trump has been trying to rescind.
But he said he would extend protection for the Dreamers for another three years, allowing them continued access to work permits.
He said he would also extend visas for TPS holders for three years. More than 300,000 people from countries affected by wars or disasters can work in the US UU Under the TPS, another system that Trump opposed.
The president said his proposals were "reasonable with a lot of commitment".
How have the democrats responded?
They responded even before the speech came out.
A statement from the Speaker of the Democratic House, Nancy Pelosi issued a statement based on the expected concessions.
He said: "Unfortunately, the initial reports make it clear that your 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 in the life of people".
The statement continued: "It is unlikely that any of these provisions, by itself, will be approved by the House of Representatives and, as a whole, will not be initiated."
Other key Democrats also rejected the plans before being proposed, staying in the party's position that they will not negotiate until the government is reopened.
How is unpaid workers affecting the closure?
Some of the 800,000 federal employees who have been unpaid since December 22 are in an increasingly serious situation.
More than 1,500 appeals have been created by them on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe, seeking a line of financial aid to pay rent or feed and clothe their children.
In desperation, the Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Aviation Administration have withdrawn more than 50,000 employees, who must work without pay.