Some Democrats Might Be Willing to Buck Party Leadership on Wall Funding


"The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless - absolutely pointless - show votes back and forth across the aisle", McConnell said earlier this month after blocking votes on several House-passed measures that would have reopened the government with no funding for Trump's wall.

When asked about House Democrats who had called for Trump's impeachment or resignation if the story proved true, Pence said that "the reflexive willingness of the president's critics in the Democratic Party to accept the worst facts and the worst interpretation".

On Saturday, Trump offered Democrats a compromise package on immigration in an effort to end the almost month-long partial government shutdown. But he added: "Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else".

"Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal for me", Trump said. The California Democrat said Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House. House Democrats plan to offer more border security legislative proposals this week. "We voted for Trump and got Jeb!" she said, in a reference to Trump's 2016 rival, Jeb Bush.

But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Trump's offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented - a toxic concept for many conservatives.

Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to bring the President's proposal before the Senate for a vote this week, Democratic Minority Leader Senator Charles Schumer of NY also rejected the proposed deal.

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After signs from the White House that the administration had found an alternative way to pay for a border wall, Trump says he won't sign the Senate version of the spending bill. "This is not an amnesty bill", he insisted. Democrats contend that Trump's push for the wall is immoral and that it is an ineffective way to stop illegal crossings.

"It is imperative Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrat majority come to the negotiating table, consider the President's proposal, and actually have a conversation". Right-wing commentator Ann Coulter tweeted: "Trump proposes amnesty".

President Donald Trump said on Sunday his proposed immigration deal to end a 30-day partial government shutdown would not lead to amnesty for "Dreamers", but appeared to signal support for amnesty as part of a broader immigration agreement.

In a Saturday speech from the White House, Trump offered three years of protections for Dreamers and for holders of temporary protected status (TPS), another class of immigrants from designated countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster or other strife. The proposal would also extend temporary protections for some young people brought to the US illegally as children and immigrants who fled disaster zones.

"I cannot support the proposed offer as reported and do not believe it can pass the Senate", Durbin said, adding he is "ready to sit down at any time after the government is opened and work to resolve all outstanding issues".

One of his "compromises" was on so-called Dreamers - who entered the U.S. illegally when young. "If no deal is reached, the Supreme Court is likely at some point to end that dispensation, as Mr. Trump has demanded, and they will be sent back into the shadows, or to countries of which they have no memory".

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Democrats rejected that request leading to the partial government shutdown that began on December 22.

Pence backed up Trump's position on "Fox News Sunday", calling Pelosi's rejection of the deal "disappointing".

Mitch McConnell announced that he would bring the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote in the coming week.

"There's only one way out: open up the government, Mr. President, and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Trump's proposals are far more realistic than the Democrats' pie in the sky ideas and would cost considerably less.

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