The Washington Post reports:
President Trump is planning to make a new offer Saturday to Democrats aimed at ending the 29-day partial government shutdown that would extend deportation protections for some immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, according to Republican officials.
The president’s proposal, which he is expected to announce at the White House at 4 p.m., is designed to ramp up pressure on Democrats by offering a reprieve on his attempts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and temporary protected status (TPS) for immigrants from some Latin American and African nations.
A Democratic aide said Democrats were not consulted on the proposal and have previously rejected similar overtures. “It’s clearly a non-serious product of negotiations amongst [White House] staff to try to clean up messes the president created in the first place,” the aide said. “He’s holding more people hostage for his wall.”
The source familiar with the speech said Trump does not plan to declare a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a step he threatened to take earlier in his struggle with Congress over the shutdown triggered by his wall-funding demand.
Declaring an emergency would be an attempt by Trump to circumvent Congress and its power over the federal purse strings to pay for his wall. Such a step would likely prompt a swift legal challenge over constitutional powers from Democrats.
Yesterday Trump said the speech would be at 3PM.