Trump’s deal on immigration to end shutdown called a ‘non-starter’

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jan 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats are calling President Trump’s latest proposal to end the government shutdown a “non-starter.”

The president has offered temporary protection for 1 million immigrants, refugees and those brought here illegally as children, in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall.

“It’s outrageous and he’s just playing politics and this is a bad deal,” New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said Sunday.

Meanwhile, some conservatives are calling the president’s offer “amnesty” for immigrants.

On Twitter, President Trump replied, “No, Amnesty is not part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else..”

Nearly 800,000 federal workers are affected by the partial government shutdown, which has gone on for nearly a month and is the longest in U.S. history, with many working without pay or furloughed from their jobs. Federal contractors, not included in that number, are losing about $200 million a day.