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US Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump's border wall

US Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump's border wall

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the proposal was "totally unacceptable to the president and should be declared dead on arrival".

Trump is ready to accept a deal on illegal immigrant "Dreamers", but only if there are real efforts on border security, an end to the diversity visa lottery, and an end to so-called chain migration.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he is optimistic bipartisan negotiations on immigration, government funding and other issues will lead to results and strongly prefers an agreement before February 8, when current funding for the government expires.

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, asked by a reporter whether Schumer offered Trump $25 billion for the wall in a major concession to the president, did not dispute the figure, but said: "He did it in the context of a negotiation". "Sixteen days. We've got to get moving".

"And I think as all of you know who cover the Senate, whoever gets 60 votes wins".

One uncertainty at this point is how DACA recipients should be dealt with.

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But for a lot of Republicans - especially in the House - any pathway to possible citizenship is a non-starter, as many GOP lawmakers say will not accept anything that looks like "amnesty".

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus expressed fears on Tuesday that Republicans in the House of Representatives would pursue a harsh immigration bill written by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. "But in my mind, that would not include amnesty". "And that's the understanding I had with my moderates", McConnell said.

Only about 320 recipients are now Hawaii residents, though about 2,000 were eligible.

Making negotiations somewhat more hard is that it's not clear exactly what the President would accept on illegal immigrant "Dreamers" - it was described Tuesday only as a "permanent solution" to DACA - it's not clear if that means citizenship, a permanent legal status, or a temporary one. And now he wants us to pay the $18 billion it would cost to put up a wall between America and Mexico.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said his offer to fund the border wall in White House talks with President Trump last Friday is now off the table "because that was part of a package" to avert a shutdown that is no longer in play. But Mr. Trump has other ideas.

But in September, the president announced the program would end, and that he'd give Congress until March 5 to come up for a solution for DACA recipients. The fact that there's even a debate is kinda insane considering that there is a bipartisan deal on the table and 9 out of 10 Americans agree that DACA shouldn't be messed with.


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