President Trump’s new deal unveiled Saturday to extend DACA protections in exchange for border security was swiftly rejected by Democrats and has received mix reactions from Christian leaders.
The proposal outlined by the president at the White House — just minutes after he held a Naturalization Ceremony in the Oval Office for five new American citizens and their families — includes a three-year extension of former President Obama’s temporary DACA protections for current recipients. DACA extensions would cover 700,000 people who are now 38 years old and younger who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were teenagers or young children. They would receive a Social Security numbers, work permits, and be protected from deportation.
Similarly, Trump’s proposal would extend Temporary Protected Status to 300,000 immigrants whose protected status is set to expire.
Trump did not relent on his request for $5.7 billion from Congress for a steel slat barrier between portions of the U.S. and Mexico, emphasizing that it would “not a 2,000 mile concrete structure from sea to sea.”
“Much of the border is already protected by natural barriers, such as mountains and water. We already have many miles of barrier including 115 miles that we are building or under contract,” he said. “Our request will add another 230 miles this year in the areas our border agents most urgently need.”
The plan, which Trump said Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would take to the Senate for vote next week would need 60 votes to pass, meaning Republicans need the support of seven Democrats to pass the measure.
“With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well,” McConnell said in a statement after Trump’s announcement. “The situation for furloughed employees isn’t getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn’t improved by show votes. But the president’s plan is a path toward addressing both issues quickly.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., however, has signaled that he’s unwilling to compromise and plans to block the bill, despite having supported border barriers under past administrations.
“Offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking,” Schumer said in a statement Saturday.
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Source: Christian Post