WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will propose an immigration agreement on Saturday in an attempt to end a 29-day partial interruption of government, a source aware of his plans, but as the details emerged, the Democrats were quickly dismissed as inadequate .
The president has no budget for his claim of 5.7 billion. Dollars to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico are part of a bill to fully restore the government, an ultimatum democrats oppose. But Trump is expected to try to push democrats into other areas.
In a set of 4 pm EST (2100 GMT), Trump will extend the support to legislation to protect young unreported immigrants, known as "Dreamers", as well as holders of temporary protection status (TPS), the source says.
Dick Durbin, No. 2 Senate Democrat, said he could not support such an offer. "First, President Trump and Senate majority leader (Mitch) McConnell must open the government today," Durbin said in a statement.
"Secondly, I cannot support the proposed offer as reported and do not believe it can consist of the Senate. Thirdly, I am ready to sit down anytime after the government has opened and work for to solve all outstanding issues, "Durbin said.
The Democratically Controlled House of Representatives has approved several bills that would restore funds for decommissioning affected federal agencies. But Trump opposes the bills, and McConnell has refused to allow any of them to vote in the Senate, which is still controlled by Trump's other Republicans.
The source is aware of the president's forthcoming speech, said Trump not planning to declare a national emergency along the border between the United States and Mexico, a step he threatened to take earlier in his fight with the congress on the decommissioning.
Declaration of an emergency would be an attempt by Trump to bypass the congress and its power over the federal purse strings to pay for its wall. Such a move is likely to provoke a rapid legal challenge over constitutional powers of democrats.
When the interruption passed four weeks of trademark making the longest in American history, about 800,000 federal workers were still at work or without pay, a situation threatening public services and the economy.
Polls showed that Americans are increasingly blaming Trump for decommissioning, the 1
"IT'S NOT PERSONAL"
Trump told reporters at the White House South Lawn Saturday that he has no personal feud with the board of directors Nancy Pelosi, the top American democrat.
She and other Democrats oppose Trump's demand and the wall and call it too expensive, inefficient and immoral.
"Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal to me," said Trump, adding that he was worried that more immigrants were moving north through Mexico toward the US border.
"I'm disappointed that Mexico doesn't stop them," he said. "If we had a wall, we wouldn't have a problem."
Dreamers, mostly young Latinos, are protected from expulsion under the DACA program, which protects certain people who illegally entered the United States as children. It provides about 700,000 immigrants with work permits but no path to citizenship.
Former Democratic President Barack Obama put DACA in place in 2012 through an announcement. The Trump administration announced in September 2017 that it would terminate the DACA, but the policy remains in force during a legal order.
Axios reported that Trump would cast his support behind the BRIDGE Act, which would provide three years of temporary legal status and work permit to Dreamers. The action was first proposed in 2016 by Durbin and Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted to nationals of designated countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster or other disputes. TPS holders are allowed to work and live in the United States for limited times.
The trump administration has shown a deep skepticism towards the TPS program and has moved to revoke the special status of immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and other nations.
Reporting by Steve Holland and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Leslie Adler