WASHINGTON – As the partial government shutdown neared a month, President Donald Trump used a White House speech Saturday to outline what he called “a common sense compromise both parties can embrace” that included protections for some undocumented immigrants and money for border security.
“Both sides in Washington must simply come together,” Trump said in a White House speech, saying he is trying to “break the logjam.” Defending his plan, he said, “walls are not immoral, in fact they are the opposite of immoral because they will save many lives.”
In remarks he billed as a “major announcement,” Trump cited a proposal developed by administration officials and Republican lawmakers, one that would grant work permits to certain migrants in exchange for approval of wall funding.
Congressional Democrats, however, said the offer as reported would not lead to a deal that would end the shutdown, in part because it would allow Trump to pursue an expensive and ineffective wall.
“His proposal is 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,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement issued before Trump’s speech.