Democrats once said the so-called BRIDGE Act was urgently needed to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
But now that President Trump has offered to essentially include it as part of a compromise to re-open shuttered government agencies, those same Democrats are rejecting it -- unwilling to trade border wall funding for the immigrant protections they have long sought.
On Saturday, though, Trump announced he was prepared to back a three-year extension of protections for DACA recipients, and extend protections for 300,000 recipients of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program -- which protects immigrants from designated countries with conditions that prevent nationals from returning safely. The BRIDGE Act, likewise, included a three-year DACA extension.
But Durbin, like virtually every other congressional Democrat, said he would oppose Trump’s offer considering it's attached to $5.7 billion for a barrier on the southern border with Mexico.
My response to reported White House offer to end President Trump's government shutdown in exchange for the border wall and DACA: pic.twitter.com/WhsJgRNW56— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 19, 2019
Trump looks to be making a deal but the Democrats are doing their best to prove that their only goal is to obstruct President Trump, not fix the immigration issue.
@POTUS offers to support 2 bills sponsored by Dems (TPS & DACA extensions)in exchange for Border Security (something Democrats claim to support) & the immediate response from Dem leaders is No?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 19, 2019
I hope rank & file D’s don’t go along with this strategy of unreasonable obstruction