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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 February 2019

Donald Trump offers a 'Dreamers' deal for border-money proposal

Democrats dismissed the offer before Mr Trump even spoke

President Donald Trump sought to break the government shutdown impasse on Saturday, offering to extend protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children, if Democrats give him $5.7 billion (Dh20.9 billion) for his long-promised border wall.

But Democrats dismissed the offer as non-starter, calling on Mr Trump to re-open the government first.

Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump said he was offering a "commonsense compromise both parties should embrace."

In advance of Mr Trump's remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the expected proposal for ending the 29-day partial government shutdown was "a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable." The California Democrat said Mr Trump's expected offer was "not a good-faith effort" to help the immigrants and could not pass the House.

Mr Trump said he would extend protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children, as well as for those with temporary protected status after fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence.

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Democrats criticised the expected proposal because it didn't seem to be a permanent solution for those immigrants and because it includes money for the wall along the US-Mexico border, which the party strongly opposes. Democrats also want Mr Trump to reopen government before talks can start.

Updated: January 20, 2019 10:33 AM

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