President Trump announced from the White House on Saturday an immigration compromise for Democrats in an attempt to end the longest government shutdown in American history.
Trump has offered to pass the BRIDGE Act in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for his long-promised border wall. The BRIDGE Act extends protections for ‘Dreamers’, illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and are covered by the DACA program.
The legislation however does not provide a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, but rather extends protections from deportation.
This is the first time that the President has offered legislation on DACA after he said in 2017 that he wanted to wait for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling on its status.
The Trump Administration announced in 2017 that they were going to begin phasing out the program.
Democrats have so far not backed any legislation backing funding for a border wall. They have offered bills that would beef up funding for various border security measures, but not a physical barrier.
This comes as the government shutdown enters its fifth week and there still seems to be no end in site.
The proposal is likely not going to break the impasse between House Democrats and President Trump. They have refused any funding for the wall and the BRIDGE Act does not provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not bring a bill to the floor for a vote that President Trump does not support. The House has passed several measures in an attempt to re-open the government but none have been considered in the Senate.
Watch President Trump’s full address HERE.