On Saturday, President Trump offered protections for Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TSP) recipients in exchange for $5.7 billion for his wall along the southern border, in an effort to end the government shutdown that is now in its 29th day and is the longest in U.S. history.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said the following,
“I’m confident that Democrats and Republicans can reach a compromise on immigration. But that can’t happen with 800,000 desperate federal workers being used as ransom. An immigration bill will take time to get right, and the President needs to end his temper tantrum and just open the government. My kids’ food isn’t getting inspected next week and they shouldn’t be put at risk any longer. The sooner Republicans end their shutdown, the sooner we can sit down and work out a sound immigration bill.”
Followed by Congressman Courtney,
“I listened closely to President Trump’s speech, expecting to hear his commitment to reopen the government immediately – which he can do by green lighting the Senate to pass pending bipartisan spending bills he can sign tonight. Instead he told the country that the shutdown will continue. Passage of a collection of border policies he cobbled together in isolation, and were not negotiated, should not be a precondition of reopening the government.”