Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Republican Party is looking for a solution to the 20-day government shutdown that will allow Donald Trump to save face while placating agitated Democrats.
The GOP is trying to “un-own” the partial shutdown, which Trump owned and took full credit for following an acrimonious televised meeting with Democratic Party leaders at the White House.
GOP senators have met in private to craft an immigration deal that will give Trump $5.7 billion for his border wall but will has several measures long-sought by Democrats. Specifically, the group of Republicans wants a bill that includes a provision to help those who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as immigrants from El Salvador and other countries impacted by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.
The bill will also see modifications to H-2B visas that allow foreign workers to come temporarily to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis.
The GOP plan is in its very early stages and its chances of success are next to none since it still allocates money for the border wall. While protecting DACA and TPS are cherished Democrat goals, it is unlikely Democrats will cave on their staunch opposition to funding Trump’s border wall.
GOP senators ran their idea by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. The president’s son-in-law said if they came up with a proposal that got Trump his border wall money and could pass the Senate, the White House would be open to more discussions on the matter.
The GOP will to propose the idea to Democrats to see if there’s a enough support to break the logjam that’s keeping the federal government shut down
“I want to figure out a way so we can reopen quickly,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
More than 800,000 federal workers are either at home or are working without pay because Trumps insists American taxpayers fork over $5.7 million to build a wall he’s bragged only Mexico will pay for.
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