In exchange, it would offer hundreds of millions of dollars in new humanitarian money for safety and health of illegal immigrants, it would restore a program the Trump administration ended in 2017 to allow Central American children to apply for US asylum from their home countries, and it would create a three-year legal status for about 700,000 people now here under the Obama-era DACA program, and some 300,000 people here under humanitarian protections, who might otherwise become illegal immigrants soon. But while Trump cast the move as a "common-sense compromise", Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a "non-starter".
The Democrats and Republicans have clashed over Donald Trump's championed border wall, with Congress refusing to grant the president over $5 billion of funding for the project, leading to the partial shutdown of the U.S. government. He has refused to sign any spending bill without the funding.
In a morning tweet, Trump claimed that Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats "turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak".
"I think you could tell by the president's remarks today", Vice President Mike Pence said, "that we're reaching out". "Best economy! They should do the right thing for the Country & allow people to go back to work".
Democrats were proposing $563 million to hire 75 more immigration judges, who now face large backlogs processing cases, and $524 million to improve ports of entry in Calexico, California, and San Luis, Arizona, the Democratic House aide said.
Democrats had made their own move late Friday to try to break the impasse when they pledged to provide hundreds of millions of dollars more for border security.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, called the proposal "more hostage taking".
The dispute over Trump's border wall has caused a partial government shutdown now into its fifth week. On this occasion, he sought to strike a diplomatic tone, emphasizing the need to work across the aisle.
The proposed barriers proposed will be steel, and placed in "high priority locations".
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However, Democrats seem unlikely to take the deal.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a longtime anti-immigration voice in the House, blasted Trump's offer, and the conservative news website Breitbart noted that most of the border would remain without a wall under the plan.
"Trump proposes amnesty. We voted for Trump and got Jeb", Coulter tweeted.
The tensions and anger over the policy have been quietly playing out in the West Wing as well, as Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, fended off Stephen Miller, the architect of much of Trump's immigration agenda. "This is not an amnesty bill", he said, noting the deportation protections are temporary under the plan.
They say they can't trust Trump, who they feel has broken multiple agreements they've made in the past that would have funded the wall in exchange for protections.
In a briefing for reporters after Trump's remarks, the aides acknowledged that the bill faces a hard path in the Senate, where it would require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly praised the deal and said he was ready to bring the measure to the floor, but it's already clear that Democrats are uninterested. In his speech, Mr. Trump cited the "humanitarian crisis" at the border, where he said young children were being "exploited" by coyotes and women were being sexual assaulted.
He offered a three-year reprieve from deportation to undocumented migrants brought to the USA as children who are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to people from certain nations who qualify for Temporary Protected Status.
Trump's Friday evening tweeted announcement came after Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday canceled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit USA troops in Afghanistan, saying Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip.
Trump's 2016 campaign included a promise to build a wall along the Mexico border and deport millions of illegal immigrants.