Saturday Afternoon President Trump gave a speech in which he offered a solution or at the very least an opening for negotiations about the shutdown and the border wall. Proving that she is an obstructionist, Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted her rejection of Trump’s offer at 4pm, just as President Trump began his speech offering and explaining his deal. Sen. Schumer who does anything Pelosi tells him to soon agreed with her,
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
Nothing about Okay lets negotiate, nothing about it’s a start. Just “forget it buster, unless you don’t get anything, I will say it sucks.”
Funny how she now says no negotiation before the government is open. They didn’t say that when Schumer shut the government down in early 2018.
Speaking of Chuck Schumer, he agreed with Pelosi (he had to, one thing that has become very obvious during the shutdown she has his manhood in a vise). Schumer said:
“It was the president who single-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place—offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking,” he said.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Pelosi cared about the country as much as she cared about getting her way 100% without compromising?
The basics of Trump’s offer seemed reasonable.
- $5.7 billion to fund a steel barrier system, including embedded investments in technology and roads, on our southern border in the priority areas cited by Border Patrol.
- This is in addition to the more than 115 miles of barriers already built, replaced, or contracted under President Trump.
- $805 million for technology, canines, and personnel to help stop the flow of illegal drugs, weapons, and other contraband. This includes:
- $675 million for drug detection inspection technology to help secure our ports of entry.
- $130 million for canine units, training, personnel and portable scanners to help deter and detect smuggled narcotics, weapons, and other dangerous materials.
- $800 million dollars in humanitarian assistance, medical support, and new temporary housing.
- $782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border agents, law enforcement officers, and staff.
- $563 million to support our immigration court system, including hiring 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the immigration court backlog of 800,000 cases.
And for the Democrats:
- Provisional status will be granted for three years for current DACA recipients, covering 700,000 illegal immigrants brought here by their parents at a young age.
- This status will give them access to work permits, social security numbers, and protection from deportation.
- Provisional status will be granted to certain current TPS recipients for three years, providing 300,000 immigrants whose protected status is facing expiration more certainty as Congress works on a broader immigration deal.
To back up his crisis on the border claim he added:
- America faces an immediate humanitarian crisis from our unsecured border.
- According to a 2017 Doctors Without Borders Report, more than 30 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the border.
- On average, the United States Border Patrol refers approximately 50 individuals to a hospital or medical provider, including children who cross the border in need of medical attention.
- The number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally has grown dramatically in recent months. This past December, Border Patrol apprehended 32,284 families and unaccompanied children. Just six months prior, Border Patrol apprehended only 13,164 families and unaccompanied children.
- The country still faces serious immigration issues that need a permanent solution, including interior enforcement, asylum reform, worksite verification, the 11 million people living in the country unlawfully, and moving toward a merit-based immigration system.
- Once the government is open and the immediate crisis is addressed, President Trump will hold weekly bipartisan meetings to reform our immigration system.
Per President Trump, Mitch McConnell promised to bring this plan to a vote in the Senate sometime during the next week.
A video of the President’s speech offering his compromise is embedded below: