An Illinois congressman has a proposal to end the stalemate over funding for a border wall that's at the center of the partial government shutdown, but it will require President Donald Trump’s border to make an offer.
Trump took to the airwaves Tuesday night to highlight what he calls a national security crisis and blamed Democrats for allowing it to happen.
“The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only; because Democrats will not fund border security,” he said. “They have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation.”
Democratic leaders said they wouldn’t sign onto any funding for a wall, but U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, said his constituents want him to support funding for a barrier if it means Trump will support conditional citizenship for undocumented youth.
“I, personally, would accept some sort of bargain, for example, that said we will have the clean DREAM Act in exchange for modest wall funding,” Foster said. “When I talk to DREAMers and those that are advocating on their behalf, they tell me that they’d like me to hold my nose and vote for that.”
Filed in 2001 by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant minors that came to the U.S. before age 16.
Democrats in the U.S. House are sending a number of Republican-crafted bills to the Senate to end the government shutdown.
In the meantime, Foster said programs like the dissemination of the EPA monitoring data of Sterigenics in suburban Willowbrook were on hold.
Trump faces pressure to deliver on a border wall that he promised during his campaign. Foster said blindly providing funding for a border wall amounts to giving the Trump campaign a taxpayer-funded bailout, a non-starter with Democrats.
Wednesday afternoon, Democratic leaders said Trump walked out of a meeting after being told they wouldn't approve funding for the wall, according to media reports.