US NEWS | Wall Street Journal Trump doubts he would accept a congressional border deal Politics

US NEWS | Wall Street Journal  Trump doubts he would accept a congressional border deal   Politics


US NEWS | Wall Street Journal Trump doubts he would accept a congressional border deal Politics Trump said he thinks the chances of a new deal being reached before the government shuts down again because of lack of funding in less than three weeks are “less than 50 50,” according to the Journal. Another government shutdown is “certainly an option,” Trump said, according to the Journal. Trumps reported comments come days after the end of the longest government shutdown in US history, an impasse that lasted for more than a month and led to hundreds of thousands of government employees missing two paychecks as Trump demanded new funding for a southern border wall, which Democrats refused. The agreement that temporarily reopened the government does not provide any new money for the wall. When asked by the Journal if Trump would accept less than dollar 5.7 billion to build the wall, Trump said, “I doubt it,” adding, “I have to do it right.” Trump told the Journal he doubts he would agree to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US illegally when they were children, known as Dreamers, in exchange for new border wall funding. “Thats a separate subject to be taken up at a separate time,” Trump said, according to the Journal. Last week, for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for dollar 5.7 billion for his wall, but Democrats swiftly rejected the proposal. Trump offered a three year reprieve from deportation to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to people from certain nations who qualify for Temporary Protected Status. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trumps offer was a “non starter” and said Democrats are looking for a “permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports.” When asked by the Journal about the kind of barrier he would accept on the southern border, Trump said, “I have to see what it is. As long as it can stop criminals, gangs, human trafficking and drugs, Im open to anything. But the only thing that will work is a very strong form of physical barrier.”

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