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Trump offers protection for immigrants in US in exchange for wall funds


    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States   /   Sun, January 20, 2019   /   09:51 am
Trump offers protection for immigrants in US in exchange for wall funds US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi following a meeting with US President Donald Trump about the partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington, DC, and US President Donald Trump speaking to the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2019. President Donald Trump clipped the wings of Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi on January 17, 2019, scrapping her foreign travel plans in a new twist to the government shutdown feud. (AFP/Saul Loeb/Jim Watson)
President Donald Trump Saturday offered temporary protection for people illegally brought to the United States as children and other groups of immigrants facing deportation, in exchange for funding for his controversial border wall.

But Trump's proposal to end the 29-day partial shutdown of the US government, which was sparked by a dispute over funding for the wall, appeared dead on arrival, with the top Democrat in Congress rejecting the proposal based on reports of its contents prior to the speech.

Trump's proposal calls for $5.7 billion for border wall funding, $800 million in "urgent humanitarian assistance" and $805 million for drug detection technology and port security.

In a nod to Democratic priorities, he offered three years of protection for 700,000 so-called "Dreamers" who were brought to the country illegally when they were children, as well as for 300,000 other immigrants whose protected status is expiring.

But prior to the speech, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi dismissed Trump's proposals as "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives."

"It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter," Pelosi said in a statement.