President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed back on accusations from some conservative quarters that his border resolution offer laid out during a national address from the Oval Office yesterday as a means of ending the current partial government shutdown included “amnesty.”
“No, Amnesty was not a part of my offer,” Trump said in his Sunday morning Tweet. “It is a 3-year extension of DACA.”
Continuing, he hinted that there could be an amnesty as part of a “larger” deal with Democrats that includes much more comprehensive immigration reform, but that nothing he proposed so far includes that.
“Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else,” Trump said. “Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally—but be careful Nancy,” he added, in a reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has already rejected the president’s compromise offer.
No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else. Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
That last part — “be careful Nancy” — could also be taken as a warning from the president that at some point in the future, immigration authorities could conduct sweeping deportation efforts similar to those undertaken during the Eisenhower administration, the largest such effort in U.S. history.
Yesterday, in his address to the nation, Trump said he wasn’t planning to build a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile long border. Rather, he seeks only to build an additional 230 miles of “see-through steel barrier” in “high priority locations.”
He also noted that much of the border has always been protected by natural barriers such as water and mountainous terrain.
“To physically secure our border, the plan includes $5.7 billion for a strategic deployment of physical barriers, or a wall,” Trump said.
“This is not a 2,000-mile concrete structure from sea to sea. These are steel barriers in high priority locations,” he said.
“Much of the border is already protected by natural barriers, such as mountains and water,” Trump said.
“We already have many miles of barrier, including 115 miles that we are currently building or under contract. It will be done quickly,” he said. “Our request will add another 230 miles this year in the areas our border agents most urgently need.
Vice President Mike Pence has also pushed back on allegations from some including conservative pundity and author Ann Coulter that the president is offering an amnesty.
“The president has said we will support temporary relieve for three years for DACA recipients and those who are in temporary protected status. This is not amnesty. There’s no pathway to citizenship there’s no permanent status here at all, which is what amnesty contemplates,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”
To that point, the president has insisted for months that Congress must work to fix several problems involving loopholes in immigration law that have been exposed by Left-wing organizations and federal courts. They include amnesty claims, catch-and-release policies, and the “anchor baby” controversy.
It seems likely that the president was talking about those fixes when he tweeted about amnesty as part of “a much bigger deal.”
“I think as the American people look at this, Chris, they’re going to see this for what it is. President Trump said ‘bring me the ideas from all sides, let’s put them all on the table'” Pence told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
“The president has made it clear what he would support. Now it’s time for the Senate and the House to start voting to secure our border and reopen the government.”
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