President Donald Trump outlined a plan to end the government shutdown on Saturday, offering congressional Democrats three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients — including protection from deportation — and an extension of legal residence for people living in the country under 'Temporary Protective Status' designations.
He also offered $800 million in urgent humanitarian assistance and 75 new immigration teams to reduce the court backlog of 900,000 cases, which he called an 'impossible nightmare' in his late-afternoon remarks.
Speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Trump said he wants $5.7 billion for the 'strategic deployment of physical barriers, or a wall,' that he will use to put 'steel barriers in high-priority locations' along the U.S.-Mexico border.
'I want this to end. It's gotta end now,' he said, ending a pained crescendo about drugs and related crime waves that flow northward from Mexico.