WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will propose an immigration agreement on Saturday with the aim of ending a partial government shutdown for 29 days, a source familiar with his plans said, but when the details came up, the Democrats did not delay. in discarding it.
The president has not moved in his demand that $ 5.7 billion to finance a border wall between the United States and Mexico is part of any bill to fully reopen the government, an ultimatum opposed by the Democrats. But Trump is expected to try to put pressure on Democrats in other areas.
In a speech scheduled for 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), Trump will support the legislation to protect undocumented immigrant youth, known as "Dreamers," as well as temporary protection state (TPS) holders, the source said, confirming a report from Axios.
Vice President Mike Pence, acting head of White House staff Mick Mulvaney and Jared Kushner, son-in-law of the president and badistant White House, helped draft the offer, the source said.
A Democratic adviser said that the Democrats were not consulted on the proposal and that previously they rejected similar proposals.
"It's clearly a non-serious product of negotiations between [White House] to try to clean up the mess the president created in the first place, "said the advisor." He is holding more people hostage for his wall. "
The source familiar with the speech said Trump does not plan to declare a national emergency along the US border. UU And Mexico, a step that threatened earlier in its struggle with Congress for the closure caused by its demand for funds from the wall.
Declaring an emergency would be an attempt by Trump to circumvent Congress and its power over federal funds to pay for its wall. Such a step would likely provoke a rapid legal challenge over the constitutional powers of the Democrats.
As the close pbaded the four week mark, which made it the longest in US history. UU., Approximately 800,000 federal workers were still in their homes without permission or working without pay, a situation that threatened public services and the economy.
The polls showed that Americans blame Trump more and more for the closure, and the 19th came from the mid-seventies. Most of the past closures have been brief. The current one has not had an impact on three quarters of the government, including the Department of Defense, which has secure funds.
"IT IS NOT PERSONAL"
Trump told reporters at the White House in South Lawn on Saturday that he has no personal dispute with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the United States.
She and other Democrats oppose Trump's claim and the wall, calling it too expensive, ineffective and immoral.
"Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal to me," Trump said, adding that he was concerned that more immigrants would move north through Mexico to the US border. UU
"I'm disappointed that Mexico does not stop them," he said. "If we had a wall, we would not have any problem."
The Dreamers, mostly young Latinos, are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects certain people who entered the United States illegally as children. It provides nearly 700,000 immigrants with work permits, but no road to citizenship.
Former Democratic President Barack Obama placed DACA in 2012 through an executive order. The Trump administration announced in September 2017 that it would rescind DACA, but the policy remains in force under a court order.
Axios reported that Trump would provide support for the BRIDGE Act, which would provide three years of temporary legal status and work authorization for Dreamers. The law was first proposed in 2016 by Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump, and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin.
The temporary protection status (TPS) is granted to citizens of designated countries affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters or other conflicts. TPS holders are allowed to work and live in the United States for a limited time.
The Trump administration has shown a deep skepticism towards the TPS program and has moved to revoke the special status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and other nations.
Report by Steve Holland and Jan Wolfe; Edition by Kevin Drawbaugh and Leslie Adler