On day 29 of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump offered temporary legislative relief for people who were brought to the country as children and for people fleeing persecution, while asking for the same $5.7 billion wall that provoked the impasse.
The announcement was scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and is available in the player above.
Trump said he would extend protections for 700,000 dreamers, those brought in when they were children, and for people with temporary protected status, those seeking asylum. He also proposed spending $805 million on drug detection technology at the border and $800 million for humanitarian assistance.
Part of Trump’s plan he’s explaining:
$805M for drug smuggling technology
2750 new border agents
75 new immigration judge teams
$5.7B for a border wall (not 2,000 miles, but 230 miles. Steel barriers in “high priority places”)
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 19, 2019
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had already rejected the proposal before he started speaking, calling it a compilation of previously rejected offers.
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
Triggered by demands from Trump for a $5.7 billion wall along more than 200 miles of the border and the Democrats declining to fully fund it, the partial shutdown has left 800,000 federal workers without pay since Dec. 22.