WASHINGTON – Saturday, President Trump made an announcement from the White House in which he offered a plan to end the government shutdown.
To ensure wall funding, Trump said he would extend protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” as well as for those with temporary protected status after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence.
Most reports out shortly after the address seem to suggest the Democrats will reject the proposed deal.
Shortly after the address from the White House, Republican Colorado Senator Cory Gardner offered the following response:
“The government must be reopened. This proposal recognizes that need and is an offshoot of earlier efforts to tie border security funding to immigration reform, but on a smaller scale for both. This is a reasonable proposal – no one gets everything they want. No one gets as much as they wanted. More than anything, though, this proposal does open the government and boost border security. While some may be tempted to stay crouched in their partisan corners, I hope a majority in Congress realize that compromise is a keystone of government and accept this offer.”
Democratic Senator Michael Bennet posted the following on Twitter:
“If @POTUS is serious about fixing our broken immigration system, he should reopen the government, and then engage in an open, bipartisan discussion about real immigration reform. Once federal employees are back to work and receiving their paychecks, there is bipartisan work to be done on a number of proposals—just as we negotiated the Gang of Eight bill in 2013.”
Once federal employees are back to work and receiving their paychecks, there is bipartisan work to be done on a number of proposals—just as we negotiated the Gang of Eight bill in 2013. 2/2
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) January 19, 2019
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)