Immigration Lawyer: Majority of Clients Would Be Helped by Latest Trump Offer in Shutdown Talks
An immigration attorney said Tuesday on Fox & Friends that she believes President Trump's latest offer to Democrats on his long-promised border wall will greatly benefit her clients.
The Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a bill on Monday that would provide the $5.7 billion Trump is seeking for the construction of the wall, and would also fully fund the government through Sept. 30.
The legislation is in line with Trump's offer, which also includes a three-year protections extension for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Attorney Linda Vega said that the majority of her clients would benefit from what Trump has proposed, adding that his offer to DACA recipients would let them adjust their status to allow them opportunity to work or study in America.
"It's a great offer for a starting point," she said.
She also said that she's surprised Democrats haven't looked at Trump's offer more favorably.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) was quick to criticize Trump's offer last weekend, tweeting that it was "not good" and "not original."
What is original in the President’s proposal is not good. What is good in the proposal is not original. Democrats will vote next week to add additional border security funding for ports of entry, advanced technology for scanning vehicles for drugs & immigration judges.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019
"[Democrats] are asking for a permanent solution. This, at least, is a starting point to sit at the table and discuss making it a permanent solution," Vega said. "That's Congress' job. That's not the president's job to offer a permanent solution. That's why Congress members offer bills, to make it a permanent law."
Vega also said that some of her clients are angry and fearful of whether or not they'll be told to leave the United States.
"Many of them are losing opportunities to go to universities, to study, to be in the workforce and to be part of our American culture," she said. "This is an unfortunate situation, that Congress won't even come to the table and look at their benefit. It's a very selfish behavior."
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