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The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance — No European-Style Yellow Vests

January 21, 2019

The grass-roots progressive activism of the past two years has been inspiring. But it’s still a shadow of what the country needs.

By  David Leonhardt
Opinion
The New York Times
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The grass-roots progressive movement known as the resistance has had a very good two years. It beat back attempts to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, and it helped defeat a Republican House majority that was enabling President Trump. Neither of those outcomes looked likely when he took office.

But the government shutdown has shown the limits of this new progressive movement. The resistance has had virtually no effect on the politics of the shutdown — and a stronger movement could have a big effect.

When I’ve spoken to people from other countries over the past couple of weeks, they have been shocked that Americans have not begun protesting the shutdown in large numbers. About 800,000 federal workers have now gone almost a month without getting paid. Some are struggling to pay their rent or buy medications. Some have gone to pawn shops to get cash. Major functions of government — airline security, food safety, mortgage processing, farm assistance and so on — have been impaired.

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If this were happening in Europe, as Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago told me, people would be pouring into the streets. And yet in the United States, there has been nothing but a few smallscattered rallies.

Instead of lining up to protest, hundreds of federal workers in Washington lined up last week to eat at makeshift soup kitchens. The photos of them doing so were a study in powerlessness.

It’s not hard to envision a different scenario. Trump was already an unpopular president before Fox News hosts goaded him in December into rejecting a bipartisan Senate deal to keep the government open. Polls show that most voters correctly blame him for the shutdown. Congressional Democrats are largely united. Republicans are less so, with some publicly signaling their discomfort. They and Trump are the politically vulnerable players in the shutdown.

Imagine if there were a progressive movement strong enough to pressure Trump by highlighting the damage he is doing. What could that look like? Among other things, it could look like a nationwide one-day strike by federal workers.

With even a minority of them participating, it would create huge logistical problems at airports and elsewhere. Americans who support the workers could join them on the picket lines. The day after the strike, the federal workers could return to their jobs, as a sign of their commitment. The threat of future strikes would be clear. The human effects of the shutdown would no longer be so easy for the country to ignore.

Yes, strikes by federal workers are illegal. But requiring people to work without pay may also be illegal, legal scholars have pointed out. Either way, protest movements often use illegal tactics. It’s called civil disobedience, and it can succeed when the cause is sympathetic. Federal workers forced to visit pawn shops because of a petulant, wealthy president are pretty sympathetic.

The modern labor movement was launched in part by the illegal sit-down strikes of 1936-37, when workers in Flint, Mich., and other cities occupied factories to keep them from operating. The civil-rights movement frequently used illegal tactics. Last year, teachers in Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia risked breaking the law by walking off their jobs — and nonetheless won concessions. “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws,” wrote a certain reverend whose 90th birthday the country is celebrating on Monday. “Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

The celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. will include a lot of pap about peace and equality. But King didn’t think that peace and equality just happened. He thought people had to struggle for them. He understood that most great societal advances in America’s history — independence from Britain, the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, decent pay for workers — depended on mass political movements.

The government shutdown, of course, is a minor issue compared to those to advances. But it is also a clear sign that the country lacks the sort of popular movement necessary to make progress against today’s great challenges: a fraying democracy and dysfunctional government; a stagnation of living standards for much of the population; a violently warming planet.

The Trump resistance has been the most hopeful sign of activism in decades. Thousands and thousands of people, mostly women, have been inspired to march, organize, dive into local politics and get out the vote. They have already proven that their activism can make a difference. A lot of Americans owe their health insurance today to this new movement.

But relative to the scale of the country’s problems — and the strength of past political movements — the new movement remains too small and too weak. Figuring out how to build it up is a vastly more important question for progressives than, say, figuring out who the ideal 2020 Democratic nominee will be. Get the movement right, and the politicians will follow.

In the meantime, the shutdown reaches its one-month mark by the end of Monday, the same day the country is supposed to be honoring grass-roots activism.

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David Leonhardt is a former Washington bureau chief for the Times, and was the founding editor of The Upshot and head of The 2020 Project, on the future of the Times newsroom. He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for columns on the financial crisis. @DLeonhardt  Facebook

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: Where Have You Gone, Resistance?
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A protester stands in front of riot police at the Arc de Triomphe on January 12.

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Trump Moves Closer to Compromise, Further From Base

January 21, 2019

By unveiling a deal to end the government shutdown standoff, at its heart an exchange of border wall funding for extended protections for illegal immigrants and foreign nationals, President Trump took one step forward on compromise and two steps back on satisfying his base.

US President Donald Trump at a press conference in the White House (REUTERS)

The deal Trump pitched Saturday afternoon included extensions for recipients of the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, programs in return for $5.7 billion for additional barriers at the southern border.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., beat Trump to the punch, calling the plan a “nonstarter” for the Democrat-controlled lower chamber, Trump’s strongest allies who have long championed his hard-line immigration policies felt betrayed.

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Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter tweeted, “Trump proposes amnesty. We voted for Trump and got Jeb!” The Drudge Report, a popular conservative aggregation website, trumpeted a banner that read, “Trump dangles amnesty.”

“A Big Beautiful Concrete Border Wall will be a monument to the Rule of Law, the sovereignty of the USA, & @RealDonaldTrump,” tweeted Rep. Steve King , R-Iowa. “If DACA Amnesty is traded for $5.7 billion(1/5 of a wall), wouldn’t be enough illegals left in America to trade for the remaining 4/5. NO AMNESTY 4 a wall!”

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Trump pleaded his case to the Right while also warning Democrats not to laugh off his offer. “No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer,” he said Sunday morning. “It is a 3 year extension of DACA. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else. Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!”

Throughout the day, Trump also furiously retweeted a slew of GOP lawmakers, actor James Woods, and influential conservative radio host Mark Levin, all of whom praised his efforts to end the shutdown, which enters its 31st day on Monday and is affecting important policy portfolios at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State, and Treasury.

Trump’s offensive will begin in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he will take up legislation next week incorporating the deal Trump outlined. The measure requires 60 votes to advance, which means Republicans will need the support of seven Democrats to pass the measure, assuming no GOP lawmakers vote against it. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has already said he will rally his party to oppose the plan.

But there is some hope for Trump.

At least one Senate Democrat seems to be taking Trump’s offer on immigration reform as a sign an end to the partial government shutdown may be near. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who won re-election last November in a state Trump carried by 42 points in 2016, hasn’t said he will support the GOP-led push. But he did say Saturday evening that he’s looking forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to “end this shameful shutdown.” “I’m hopeful the President’s statement tonight will allow us to immediately reopen gov, put WVians back to work & start negotiating long-term immigration reform,” Manchin said in a tweet.

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The spending package, which could be scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday, would reopen the parts of the federal government closed by the ongoing shutdown until Oct. 1 and allocate $12 billion for disaster aid, about $4 billion more than that proposed last year by House Republicans, a congressional aide confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

The measure — based on seven appropriations bills already considered by a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers — will allow $5.7 billion to be spent on Trump’s southern border impediments and implement the series of immigration concessions suggested by the president.

Aides hope the disaster relief funding will be an added sweetener to entice enough Democrats to help push it through. However, the vote could be delayed until Thursday if McConnell fails to convince Democrats to let him substitute the text of a House-passed measure with his proposal.

If Trump’s shutdown gambit plays out successfully in the Senate, the larger question remains: Will Pelosi and rank-and-file Democrats feel the pressure and play ball?

Pelosi said Trump’s plan was “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.” She particularly lamented how the proposal does not achieve what Democrats have long sought for the “Dreamers,” which is a pathway to citizenship or permanent legal status.

Trump tweeted Sunday that Pelosi is being unreasonable because she is “petrified” of her allies on the Left. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has told Trump that he thinks Pelosi relishes the opportunity to embarrass him.

Democrats have said they won’t deal on border security until spending bills are passed, as 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or working without pay. If they hold the line, Trump may be the one to fold under the weight of public opinion.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks to reporters as she leaves an event with furloughed federal workers amid the partial government shutdown, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks to reporters as she leaves an event with furloughed federal workers amid the partial government shutdown, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Polls show the majority of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown. “The president is very much aware he’s losing the public opinion war on this one,” one senior administration official told the Post. “He looks at the numbers.”

As the American people’s patience runs thin, the Trump administration is increasingly feeling the squeeze. Vice President Mike Pence hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit to defend his boss and even said he was open to further negotiations. “The legislative process is a negotiation,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”

However, Pence struggled to answer the question of whether Republicans are using the government shutdown as leverage for Trump’s southern border wall.

“You could open the government tomorrow. The House has passed bills to open the government tomorrow, why don’t you sign them and open the government, and then you can negotiate about this?” host Chris Wallace asked Pence.

Pence’s response belied what the polls say. “Well, because — I mean, you know, frankly, Chris, what the American people want us to do is to work on the priorities and the American people want us to secure the border.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/immigration-compromise-leaves-trump-walled-in

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Trump defends immigration proposal — Says, “Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal…”

January 20, 2019

President Donald Trump early Sunday sought to sell his new immigration proposal, which includes funding for a wall along the southern border and extended protection for certain immigrant groups, amid pushback from Democrats and hard-line conservatives.

In a series of tweets, Trump chastised Democrats for dismissing his plan, and attempted to assuage immigration hard-liners who likened the administration’s latest proposal to amnesty for immigrants already in the country illegally.

“No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer,” Trump tweeted. “It is a 3 year extension of DACA. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else. Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!”

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No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else. Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!

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In two other tweets, Trump singled out Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her opposition to the proposal, calling her a “Radical Democrat” and blaming her for the condition of the streets in San Francisco, which falls in her congressional district.

Trump called on Pelosi and Democrats to “do the right thing for the Country & allow people to go back to work” as a partial government shutdown triggered by his demand for wall funding stretched into its 30th day.

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Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don’t see crime & drugs, they only see 2020 – which they are not going to win. Best economy! They should do the right thing for the Country & allow people to go back to work.

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Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat. She is so petrified of the “lefties” in her party that she has lost control…And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!

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Pelosi called Trump’s proposal a “non-starter” shortly before Trump unveiled the details amid media reports that it would include wall funding and protections for “Dreamers” and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients. The deal would also reopen swaths of the government that have been closed since late December.

Trump on Saturday proposed a deal that would include more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border, a three-year extension of protections for “Dreamers” who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and TPS holders, and funding for additional immigration judges.

A number of Republicans were quick to praise the proposal, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would bring it up for a vote this week.

Democratic leaders and rank-and-file members were just as quick to criticize Trump’s plan, calling it a “non-starter,” “more hostage taking” and “non-serious.”

The president’s announcement also drew backlash from conservatives, including Ann Coulter and hard-line group NumbersUSA, who compared his suggestion to amnesty.

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Trump proposes amnesty. We voted for Trump and got Jeb!

Alternative To President Trump’s Wall Plus Plan

January 20, 2019

Congress must act independently. Behaving honorably.

President Trump has been taking hostages for two years. He ordered an end to dreamers’ protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, ordered an end to the temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of people, and then forced a shutdown of the government, leaving 800,000 without a paycheck and inflicting financial and emotional pain on them, their families and (often small) businesses. And then he came up with a deal — such a deal! He would give partial relief to the dreamers and TPS people and get $5.7 billion for a wall; then he’d open the government.

Wait, you say. Wasn’t he the one who put DACA and TPS folks at risk, and haven’t the federal courts already given DACA beneficiaries a likely one-year reprieve? Well, yes. A burglar has broken into your home, has taken the silver and is now offering to lease it back to you for three years only — but first, give him a $5.7 billion edifice.

By Jennifer Rubin
The Washington Post


President Trump proposes temporary protections for some undocumented immigrants in return for border-wall funding to end the partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington on Jan. 19. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE)

Alas, the press — fresh from a BuzzFeed beating — now presents Trump’s “offer” as serious. It’s not. Here is what would be a serious way to proceed:

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brings the bill to the floor and allows amendments.
  • After the amendment process is finished, the Senate votes.
  • The House puts together its own bill: permanent DACA and TPS relief, money for border security (not a wall) and a way to prevent future shutdowns (e.g., an automatic continuing resolution in case funding lapses).
  • The House passes its bill.
  • As the two bills go to a conference, the government is reopened.
  • The House and Senate then negotiate a resolution.

This does not reward hostage-taking. It allows the parties negotiate on even footing. It does not give McConnell and anti-immigration hard-liners the “out” that they won’t consider something Trump doesn’t want. Trump would be forced to decide at the end of the process either to veto a bill everyone else agrees upon or to sign a compromise measure — and he wouldn’t have the shutdown as a further bargaining chip.

Trump’s non-offer is instructive in three respects. First, his hard-line anti-immigrant supporters (e.g. Ann Coulter) already don’t like talk of “amnesty”; nothing short of deporting DACA recipients will do in their book. If McConnell votes and the Senate passes the president’s proposal, Republicans — including the president, we hope — will learn to ignore the most strident anti-immigrant voices and fulfill their obligation to negotiate without looking over their shoulders.

Second, Trump is plainly worried. Seeing the rotten polling for him and the wall, the impressive unity of the Democrats and McConnell’s unwillingness to help bail him out, Trump was forced to reverse his earlier pledge not to include DACA in the shutdown settlement. He blinked, albeit with his fingers crossed behind his back.

Third, if anyone still had doubts, Trump is the worst negotiator to occupy the Oval Office, in large part because he is utterly untrustworthy. We are in this predicament because Trump has repeated reneged on a deal (most recently a clean continuing resolution). Because he is entirely incapable of behaving honorably, Congress must act independently. McConnell should now be prodded to emerge from behind Trump’s skirts and negotiate in good faith as half of an equal branch of government. That might actually generate a reasonable compromise.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/20/heres-an-alternative-trumps-extortion/?utm_term=.3ccea6e643cd

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Nancy and Chuck Owe The U.S. A Counter Offer and Legislation — Trump’s Wall Won’t Protect Democrats Forever

January 20, 2019

They will need to articulate their policy, not just their moral position, on immigration.

A firm grip.  Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images North America

Donald Trump’s presidency encourages a kind of policy sloth. Because Trump knows practically nothing about policies, including his own, and lies about them regularly, there is little to be gained from debating him publicly or negotiating with him privately. If Democratic leaders do work out an agreement with the White House, it’s liable to be tossed aside if Trump gets spooked by his base.

Last year, with Republicans in charge of Congress, Trump rejected numerous offers for a border wall, with $20 billion or more in funding, in return for providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The $20 billion figure was quite large; Trump is currently demanding $5.7 billion.

Releasing the Dreamer hostages was a top Democratic priority, and Democrats were willing to pay a heavy price for it. However, Trump’s most virulent supporters generally want to deport Dreamers, who are mostly nonwhite. So Trump bailed.

Democrats will never again offer Trump $20 billion for his signature initiative; the politics have changed. Trump made anti-immigrant demagogy the centerpiece of last November’s midterm election. Republicans got clobbered, losing 40 House seats. The president’s job-approval rating, never high, has been edging lower over the course of the government shutdown that he deliberately engineered, claimed credit for, and then blamed on Democrats.

So far, the only thing the wall is protecting are Democrats, who feel little pressure to do anything but await Trump’s surrender. The pragmatic arguments that Democrats once made against a wall — it’s ineffective, expensive, impossible in some places due to terrain or private ownership, plain stupid — are increasingly shelved.

“The wall has now morphed into a moral issue for Democrats,” said immigration advocate Frank Sharry. “The wall has come to symbolize Trump’s racism and xenophobia.”

Republican leaders apparently concur. This week, for the first time, they took punitive action against Representative Steve King of Iowa for his racist provocations, which began many years before 2019. With Trump in the lead, the GOP fears being seen as racist. And with the Republicans’ nativist base empowered, the party also fears being seen as not racist enough. Thus a smack for King, a hug for Trump.

Yet when the shutdown, and the symbolic skirmish behind it, ends, the immigration debate will not. And it’s unclear how much progress Democrats will have made persuading distracted voters to embrace a realistic and humane alternative to Trump’s fantasy and aggression.

Trump is not winning the fight overall. A Pew Research Center survey this month found 58 percent of Americans oppose “substantially expanding” a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, while 40 percent support it. But Trump has succeeded in further polarizing the debate on partisan lines, with more Republicans now supporting a wall and more Democrats opposing one. To a president under rising pressure from the law, whose lifeline is partisanship, that’s a silver lining.

As to the substance, will Americans who have been encouraged to imagine an impregnable curtain of steel be better able to imagine the legal and topographical fiascos that would ensue from trying to build it? Or the handmade wooden ladder that would be used to vault over it? What about a comprehensive alternative that includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented and tighter controls on borders and employment?

There’s no way to make progress on such arguments if the Democratic line is simply that the wall is, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “immoral.”

In the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016, Trump said Clinton “wants open borders. People are going to pour into our country.”

It was a lie, naturally. Clinton never supported “open borders” — whatever that even means in a nation with a militarized border zone, long delays at key crossings, and a Border Patrol of more than 21,000 agents. Her campaign website included the boilerplate assertion that, as president, she would “protect our borders and national security” (though her immigration section was otherwise uncharacteristically spare).

Yet when Trump attacked, Clinton didn’t effectively counter. Granted, responding to every Trump lie would exhaust any human. But this particular charge was made in a nationally televised presidential debate. It merited a firm response then. And since Trump continues to make the false charge about Democrats generally, it merits a firm response today.

Last week, Pelosi suggested that a “technological wall” would better suit the demands of border security. The phrase, a vaguely familiar, and familiarly vague, one repeated through the years, at least connotes that Democrats are committed to security.

There is already quite a bit of technology — ground sensors, drones, mobile observation towers, imaging technology — at various places along the border. Representative James Clyburn, another member of the Democratic House leadership, similarly called for a “smart wall.”

That Pelosi and Clyburn aren’t even using the same lingo suggests that Democrats could stand to clarify their approach. If something happens that Trump and Fox News can exploit — a clash at the border, a killing by an undocumented immigrant — increased clarity may come in handy.

Six years after the Senate passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration package with more than two-thirds of senators voting in favor, the basic outlines of a compromise haven’t changed all that much: large-scale legalization of long-resident undocumented immigrants and rationalized legal immigration, including temporary work visas, in return for heightened border security and a systematic crackdown on employers who hire undocumented workers. In addition, owing to the changing nature of the challenge, a robust regional plan to improve security in Central America will be necessary.

There’s no room for a symbolic wall in that basic formula. But that doesn’t mean Democrats should assume that everyone knows why.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

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Francis Wilkinson writes editorials on politics and U.S. domestic policy for Bloomberg Opinion. He was executive editor of the Week. He was previously a writer for Rolling Stone, a communications consultant and a political media strategist.

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Trump offers deal on immigrants in exchange for wall

January 20, 2019

Democrats say they will reject president’s offer as longest government shutdown continues US President Donald Trump arrives to make his statement about immigration and the border wall from the diplomatic reception room of the White House

By Kiran Stacey in Washington

Donald Trump on Saturday made an offer to end the month-long US government shutdown that would see some undocumented migrants get three years additional protection in return for $5.7bn of funding for a border wall. “Both sides in Washington must come together . . . put down their armour, build trust, reach across the aisle and find solutions,” the president said in a live address from the White House.

“I am here today to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown.” The president said he would extend protection against deportation for undocumented migrants who came to the US as children — a group known as “Dreamers” — for another three years.

He also offered a three-year reprieve for immigrants from some Latin American and African countries who have temporary protected status (TPS).

But the offer was promptly rebuffed by Democrats, who described it as a rehash of ideas they had previously rejected. “It’s clear the president realises that by closing the government and hurting so many American workers and their families, he has put himself and the country in an untenable position,” said Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democrats in the Senate.

“It was the president who single-handedly took away DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status enjoyed by the Dreamers) and TPS protections in the first place — offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking.”

Mr Trump’s proposal also included $800m for humanitarian assistance, medical support and new temporary housing, and $805m for drug detection teams at the border, as well as the hiring of 2,750 extra border agents and law enforcement professionals.

He said he would hire 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce what he claimed was a backlog in the immigration court of 800,000 cases. The president attempted to recast his request for money for a wall, saying that it would not be a “2,000 mile concrete structure from sea to sea”.

Instead, he said he wanted to build steel structures wherever there were not already natural barriers, such as forests or mountains, or existing border fences. He called his proposal “a compassionate response to the ongoing tragedy on our southern border”. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, would put forward the measures in a bill to be voted on next week, he said.

Mitt Romney, Mr Trump’s former presidential rival and now a Senator, described the plan as “a reasonable, good faith proposal that will reopen the government and help secure the border.”

But it looks sure to struggle in the House, where the Democrats now hold the majority. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the chamber, tweeted: “What is original in the President’s proposal is not good. What is good in the proposal is not original.

Democrats will vote next week to add additional border security funding for ports of entry, advanced technology for scanning vehicles for drugs & immigration judges.” Mr Trump’s offer comes as polls suggest most voters blame him for the longest shutdown in US history rather than his Democratic opponents.

The threat of long-term political damage has not reduced the hostility on either side in recent days however. On Thursday, Mr Trump cancelled a planned trip by Ms Pelosi and other colleagues to Afghanistan, shortly before they were due to leave for the airport. His action came a day after Ms Pelosi wrote to Mr Trump asking him to delay his State of the Union address to Congress.

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The proposal is similar to a compromise put forward by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that would include three year work permits for DACA recipients and extension of legal status for TPS holders, in exchange for the wall funding. Graham called the proposal “fantastic” in a tweet after the announcement.

“Let’s get it done,” he tweeted. House Republicans were scheduled to be briefed about the proposal in a conference call at 5 p.m. ET.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised Trump for his “bold solution” to re-open the government.

“Compromise in divided government means that everyone can’t get everything they want every time,” McConnell said in a statement. “The President’s proposal reflects that. It strikes a fair compromise by incorporating priorities from both sides of the aisle.”

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Likewise, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voiced support for the president’s compromise plan, pledging his support for it via Twitter.

“@POTUS has put forth a reasonable, good faith proposal that will reopen the government and help secure the border. I look forward to voting for it and will work to encourage my Republican and Democratic colleagues to do the same,” Romney wrote.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-offers-dems-an-immigration-compromise-early-signs-of-rejection

Democrats unsure if they should retweet Cardi B’s shutdown rant

January 17, 2019

Rapper Cardi B shut down the Trump administration over the partial government shutdown in a profanity-filled post on Instagram that left some Democratic senators in a quandary — whether to retweet.

“I just wanna remind you that it’s been a little bit over three weeks,” the “I Like It” singer says in the video posted late Wednesday, the 26th day of the shutdown. “Trump is now ordering … federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid.”

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“This s–t is really f–king serious, bro. This s–t is crazy. Our country is in a hellhole now — all for a f–king wall,” she continued in her expletive-deleted-filled rant, which had been viewed more than 9 million times by Thursday morning.

But some senators wondered if their retweets of the video would be too racy.

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Their exchange went like this:

“(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video),” wrote Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii on Twitter.

“Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!,” Sen. Chris Murphy wrote back.

“Ok you do it. And say retweets are not endorsements, especially the language, and I will retweet,” Schatz replied.

“DHYB,” Murphy wrote, using the abbreviation for “Don’t hold your breath.”

“I had to google that. Fair enough,” Schatz posted. “See you tomorrow Murph.”

Then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer weighed in.

“Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?,” he said.

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https://nypost.com/2019/01/17/democrats-unsure-if-they-should-retweet-cardi-bs-shutdown-rant/

White House: Dems refused Trump offer to talk about shutdown over lunch

January 15, 2019

The White House claimed Tuesday that congressional Democrats rejected an offer from President Trump to attend lunch at the White House and continue discussions over a deal to end the partial government shutdown, which has entered its 25th day.

“Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The president looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government. It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.”

Nine Republican lawmakers are expected to attend the 12:30 p.m. lunch with Trump to discuss the ongoing situation at the border, which he has called a humanitarian and security crisis.

The president and Democrats have been at an impasse over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, for which Trump wants Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion. But Democrats are opposed to the president’s request and believe that further negotiations over wall funding should take place only when the government has reopened.

Sanders said Trump offered a deal that includes “additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete.”

“As Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi refuse to negotiate, President Donald J. Trump and his team are working hard to find solutions to solve the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border and reopen the government,” she said.

Trump met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., last week for further talks on a deal to end the partial government shutdown, which is affecting roughly 800,000 federal workers.

But Trump called the meeting a “waste of time” and left the room after Democrats reiterated their opposition to funding for the wall.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house-democrats-refused-trump-offer-talk-about-shutdown-over-lunch

Trump: ‘Only a wall’ will stop new caravans forming in Mexico — Calls Democrats “Party of Crime”

January 15, 2019

President Trump warned Tuesday that the drones favored by Democrats won’t be enough to stop the next caravan that’s forming in Mexico, and said only a wall can ensure these migrants are kept out of the U.S.

“A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras,” Trump tweeted. “Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!

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Several caravans have formed south of Mexico and headed up to the southern U.S. border. Trump has moved U.S. troops to the border to help border agents deal with the rush, as he has continued to push for construction of a border wall.

Sedalina, a 14 year old migrant girl from Guatemala, holds her four-year-old sister Nooresita as they take refuge in a shelter with a caravan from Central America trying to reach the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico November 20, 2018

Fox News reported Tuesday morning that a new caravan of about 500 migrants has formed in Honduras, and is headed to the border.

Some of the caravans have started with a few hundred people and grown into groups of several thousand as they move toward the U.S.

Hondurans bound for the US gather outside a bus station in San Pedro Sula, 180 km north of the capital Tegucigalpa

Hondurans bound for the US gather outside a bus station in San Pedro Sula, 180 km north of the capital Tegucigalpa AFP

Trump has been pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to negotiate a compromise that will allow some of the wall to be built, but they have refused to consider any compromise.

Trump added in a later tweet that people are starting to see the need for the wall, and said if Democrats don’t negotiate, they will be seen as the “Party of Crime.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Polls are now showing that people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border. Numbers are going up fast, over 50%. Democrats will soon be known as the Party of Crime. Ridiculous that they don’t want Border Security!

‘Angel mom’ demands Trump’s wall: ‘We’ve become collateral damage’

January 15, 2019

Fed up that little has been done to thwart illegal immigration since her son was killed in a car wreck with an undocumented alien in 2014, an “angel mom” is joining President Trump’s efforts to build a border wall.

“I want to have the border wall funded. We need to have border security,” Mary Ann Mendoza said in an online ad posted by the pro-Trump group America First Policies.

Image result for Mary Ann Mendoza, Brandon, pictures

Holding a picture of her son Brandon, killed when a car driven by an intoxicated driver who was in the U.S. illegally hit his Mesa, Ariz. police car, she said, “The system absolutely failed Brandon, failed myself, and is failing America. I just feel like we’ve become collateral damage.”

America First Policies is airing the ad on digital platforms and websites in several swing states that are expected to be critical to Trump’s re-election and Senate Democrats up for election in 2020. It is expected to air until a funding deal for the wall is brokered in Washington.

Image result for America First Policies, Mary Ann Mendoza, youtube

It will be running in the areas around Columbus, Ohio; Orlando and Tampa, Florida; Georgia; Detroit, Mich.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Birmingham, Al.

At the end of the ad is a link for supporters to click that will steer them to a petition to back wall funding.

It says, “Show Mary Ann that you stand with her in her call to BUILD THE WALL. Proudly add your name to the petition below, in memory of her son, Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, and the thousands of other Americans who have lost their lives at the hands of illegal aliens. We cannot wait another day to secure our border!”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/angel-mom-demands-trumps-wall-weve-become-collateral-damage

See also:

Claim about 63,000 Americans being killed by illegal immigrants is still wrong

https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2019/jan/09/blog-posting/claim-about-63000-americans-being-killed-illegal-i/

and

Examples of Serious Crimes By Illegal Aliens

http://fairus.org/issue/illegal-immigration/examples-serious-crimes-illegal-aliens

Kate Steinle, 32, was killed in July 2015.