Pence says Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of shutdown compromise is ‘disappointing’

Pence says Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of shutdown compromise is ‘disappointing’

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he would make a "major announcement" later in the day on the government shutdown that has halted many government services, as Democrats reportedly made a new offer aimed at ending the bitter partisan standoff over immigration and border security.

Minutes before Trump was to unveil his plan at the White House, the California Democrat said early reports about the proposal indicated it was insufficient.

He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would seek quick passage of his proposal.

While it was clear that any plan including his wall would be, to use Nancy Pelosi's language, a "non-starter" amongst congressional Democrats, even with its inclusion of limited protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and "dreamers", it was also panned by the right, most notably right-wing commentator Ann Coulter.

"The offer the President announced today is a loser for the forgotten American workers who were central to his campaign promises", said Roy Beck, the group's president.

Senator Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump had previously "single-handedly" taken away Dreamer and TPS protections and that offering some protections back was "not a compromise but more hostage taking".

The Democratic-led House of Representatives has left town for a three-day weekend, returning late on Tuesday.

"I can't see us keeping federal employees, 800,000 people, out of work while we go back and forth on negotiations".

Trump's refusal to sign spending bills that lack $5.7 billion he wants to start constructing that wall, which Democrats oppose, has prompted the shutdown.

Trump's reference to amnesty in the tweet could create confusion and is unlikely to help the president get his plan through Congress.

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Some conservatives dismissed that offer as being akin to an amnesty.

A key point they are now rejecting (that they previously begged for-though this is the third time the President has offered it) is an extension of protections on almost 700,000 "dreamers" (non-citizens who entered the country illegally but of no fault of their own due to ages at the time.) Rejecting these protections now for a third time, DACA kids really should ask themselves, "Who in this debate is honestly thinking about what's best for me?"

Trump said Saturday that he hoped that "Speaker Pelosi can come along and realize what everybody knows, no matter who it is, they know that walls work and we need walls".

Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, have been instrumental in crafting the deal, the source said.

That means people from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti - countries that saw the status revoked since Trump took office - would get a reprieve.

And they are preventing from the future security of thousands of asylum seekers, and most significantly the citizens of the nation itself with a truly secured border.

Trump also proposed a three-year extension to the temporary protected status the USA offers to immigrants fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence.

Calling the wall "a powerful and beautifully designed see-through steel barrier on our southern border", Trump said: "This is not a 2,000-mile concrete structure from sea to sea".

Administration officials said the protections would apply only to the approximately 700,000 people now enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era program shielding them from deportation, and not all those who came to the U.S.as children. He also said there would "no big push" to deport those already living in the United States without permission.

Few would argue that a humanitarian crisis is unfolding at the U.S. -Mexico border, as the demand for entry by migrants and the Trump administration's hard-line response overwhelm border resources. "We have received no requests to meet from the White House", Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said.

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