Pres. Trump speaks out on need for border wall ahead of speech

Trump continues push for wall money as both sides take steps to resolve shutdown

West Michigan Second District Congressman Bill Huizenga issued a statement Saturday night in response to Trump's address. Democrats have already stopped talking about legalizing all the 11 million or so unauthorized folks-many of them parents of Dreamers.

Democrats criticized the expected proposal because it didn't seem to be a permanent solution for those immigrants and because it includes money for the wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, which the party strongly opposes. He tweeted Thursday evening that Democrats may be able to block him now, "but we have the issue, Border Security". The political impasse has affected 800,000 federal employees, many of which have been obliged to work without pay.

The shutdown, now in its fifth week, is the longest in USA history and has left 800,000 federal workers unpaid.

"The Economy is one of the best in our history, with unemployment at a 50 year low, and the Stock Market ready to again break a record (set by us many times) - & all you heard yesterday, based on a phony story, was Impeachment", he wrote, adding, "You want to see a Stock Market Crash, Impeach Trump!"

Following President Trump's announcement Saturday on the border wall and government shutdown, Democrats responded largely along the same lines, calling for a reopening of the government before any border discussions.

The President's latest offer, which he is set to deliver from the White House Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, will link his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall to the BRIDGE Act, legislation that would extend protections for so-called "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and are covered by the DACA program.

The president succeeded in shifting the conversation stalemate into the Democrats' court. He told Fox News that Trump had canceled his plans to travel to Florida for New Year's.

Mulvaney added of the shutdown: "We do expect this to go on for a while".

The spending package that the Democrats intend to vote on next week will be the six agreements the House and Senate came to in conference.

Prior to the speech, the White House made the proposal public, stressing the DACA and TPS extensions.

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"It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter", Pelosi said in a statement.

If Donald Trump follows through on his threat to stretch the shutdown "for months and even years", it could affect United States economic growth, reports say. "We're going to behave like adults and do our job".

But even that may be hard without a compromise because the Senate will remain in Republican hands and Trump's signature will be needed to turn any bill into law. Negotiations continue between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, but there's only so much Congress can do without the president.

Seeking to cast the plan as a bipartisan way forward, Trump said Saturday he was incorporating ideas from "rank-and-file" Democrats, as top Democrats made clear they had not been consulted. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who opened the Senate on Thursday for a session that only lasted minutes. "I will never let it happen", Trump said.

The dispute over Trump's border wall has caused a partial government shutdown now into its fifth week.

The calculus for the majority leader changed as the shutdown has dragged on, people familiar with his thinking said, pointing to Pelosi's letter to Trump on Wednesday suggesting he postpone his January 29 State of the Union address until the government reopens. But he also repeated his warnings, saying: "We have to secure our southern border". But Pelosi dismissed the proposal Saturday as a "non-starter" and vowed that Democrats would pass their own legislation to reopen the government, putting the onus on the Senate to follow suit.

Trump wants to trade temporary protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants for money to build his wall. If Trump keeps the government closed, he bleeds support faster.

Trump describes the US-Mexico border - for decades a magnet for migrants and asylum seekers, as well as a major drug smuggling route - as overwhelmed, posing a threat to US national security.

The report sparked instant outrage from members of Congress, who suggested impeaching the president. The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.

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