President Donald Trump suggested he could launch a “big push” to deport millions of undocumented immigrants if Democrats do not approve more than $5.6 billion in funding for his border wall, in a veiled threat to Democrats over the federal government shutdown.
Trump warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “be careful” after she and Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer rejected his offer to extend protections to some undocumented immigrants in return for funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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
Democrats quickly rejected the proposal as a “non-starter”, with Pelosi dismissing it as “a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable”. Schumer described the proposal as “hostage-taking.”
Responding in a flurry of tweets on Sunday, the Trump launched a personal attack on Pelosi and accused Democrats of playing politics over the wall issue ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don’t see crime & drugs, they only see 2020 – which they are not going to win,” he tweeted. “Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat. She is so petrified of the ‘lefties’ in her party that she has lost control.”
“And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!” he said about the long-serving California representative.
“No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer, It is a 3-year extension of DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals],” he wrote, apparently aimed at conservatives who had criticized his offer of extended protections for some young migrants. ”Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else.”
The president also said there would be “no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally”, before adding in an apparent veiled threat: “But be careful Nancy!”
The 30-day partial government shutdown is now the longest in United States history, with 800,000 federal employees either not working or being forced to work without pay as the president has refused to reopen government over his demands for $5 billion in border wall funding.