Shutdown: Trump risks rightwing ire with tweet on 'amnesty' for migrants

Meanwhile, Trump's approval rating among Latinos shot up by 19 points, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Kushner has always been a proponent of protections for people brought to the United States without authorization as children, while Miller has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration. Kirsten Gillibrand, who entered the 2020 race just days ago, said on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper that Trump's offer of only temporary protection from deportation showed he "has no empathy" for people affected by the decision.

"Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal for me", Trump said.

"The radical left can never control our borders". The deal also includes new system to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries.

Apart from the $5.7bn wall, the proposal also included a host of measures to beef up border security and fend off drug traffickers, such as recruiting an additional 2,750 border agents and allocating $800mn in urgent humanitarian assistance, and $805mn to combat drug trafficking. He said that a wall would be built along 230 miles of the border.

Democrats have dismisssed as a "non-starter" President Donald Trump's offer to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally. Mr. Trump announced that he planned to hold weekly bipartisan meetings at the White House to discuss immigration reform.

Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he will move ahead this week on Trump's proposal. The Senate reconvenes on Tuesday. These statements from DHS and USSS seem to have taken some of the wind from the speaker's sails, at least in her attempts to block the president from making his address.

Later on Sunday morning, Trump touted his progress on building the wall, even without the necessary funding.

The Illinois Democrat is the co-author of the BRIDGE Act, which is legislation aimed at extending protection for DACA recipients, and issued a statement also rejecting the President's proposal. Pelosi said earlier in the day that the expected proposal was "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable".

On Saturday night, Breitbart panned Trump's latest idea with the headline "Three-Year Amnesty, Most of Border Remains Open".

"Democrats were hopeful that the President was finally willing to re-open the government and proceed with a much-need discussion to protect the border".

The senior Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, struck a similar tone: "I cannot support the proposed offer as reported, and do not believe it can pass the Senate", he said. "I think it's a nonstarter for him to ask for a permanent wall and for us to have a temporary fix".

Some conservatives also voiced their opposition to the deal.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who drew bipartisan condemnation over "racist" white supremacy comments on a radio show, appeared to oppose Trump's proposal, tweeting "NO AMNESTY 4 a wall!" while calling a concrete border wall, a design that Trump no longer advocates, "a monument" to the United States sovereignty.

Though even in the Republican controlled Senate, it may be hard for the measure to get 60 votes and it would likely die in the House. He had originally said it would be at 3 p.m. but his schedule later noted it would take place an hour later.

Tim Moore, a Republican who serves as speaker in North Carolina's state House of Representatives, issued a letter Friday asking Trump to give the speech in the House chamber of North Carolina's Statehouse in Raleigh.

The Democratic rejection came as Vice President Mike Pence made clear the GOP meant to go forward with the plan the President outlined, positions that combined to show little tangible progress toward ending the longest government shutdown on record.

Some 800,000 federal workers throughout the country have either been furloughed or made to work without pay. So far, he has not.

"We want to sit down and put some stability in people's lives", Clyburn said. "Can we make changes?'" Lankford said.

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