Prelude to Trump capitulating on amnesty, or laying the groundwork for an emergency declaration to build the wall by showing Democrat intransigence?
At 4 p.m. Eastern, Trump will deliver what the White House is calling a major speech on the border crisis and the partial government shutdown.
Various news organizations are reporting that in the speech Trump will offer an extension of DACA in exchange for border wall funding.
President Trump plans to use remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room on Saturday afternoon to propose a notable immigration compromise, according to sources familiar with the speech.
Details: The offer is expected to include Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for wall money in exchange for the BRIDGE Act — which would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — and also legislation to extend the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, according to a source with direct knowledge.
This is a proposal similar to proposals Trump circulated early on in his presidency, and Democrats rejected unless it involved citizenship for DACA recipients. That is a non-starter for Trump’s base, since it amounts to a full-blown amnesty.
Anyway, Democrats have already rejected the proposal, even though it hasn’t formally been made yet. Pelosi issued a statement minutes before the speech:
“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.”
Since the offer as reported is DOA, why is Trump bothering? Perhaps it’s to set the stage for an emergency declaration to fund the wall, demonstrating that he tried all alternatives prior to doing so.
Stay tuned, maybe Trump will surprise everyone with the speech:
No surprises. Scaled-down border steel-barriers and funding for other border security, 3 year extension of permission for DACA recipients to stay in U.S. McConnell will bring Trump’s proposal to a vote in the Senate this week.
It’s DOA, but the question is whether it leads to Trump capitulation on amnesty, or just a step towards unilateral building of the wall.
Let’s say there is “mixed” reaction among Trump supporters:
This is a reasonable compromise from President Trump on border security. If the Democrats don’t accept this, it will show they don’t truly care about the safety of American lives.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) January 19, 2019
President Trump just set up Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer.
He spoke of drugs, sex trafficking, & Americans murdered by criminal illegal aliens.
He offered DACA & TPS on a silver platter.
They won't take the deal & it makes the democrats look awful. #TrumpSpeech
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 19, 2019
Amnesty is not a good plan, @realDonaldTrump. It will encourage more illegal immigration and undermine the rule of law.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 19, 2019
Trump proposes amnesty. We voted for Trump and got Jeb!
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 19, 2019
Immediate: 3 yrs of amnesty for 700,000 illegal aliens who'll get work permits, Social Security #s & protection from deportation.
Immediate: Temporary (read: Permanent) Protected Status extension for 300k illegal aliens.
Later. Maybe. Someday: 230 miles of steel barriers.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 19, 2019
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