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Trump pitches immigration plan, slams Dems ahead of first State of the Union

Trump pitches immigration plan, slams Dems ahead of first State of the Union
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President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE in two late-night tweets on Saturday pitched his immigration plan while slamming Democrats, saying they are only interested in obstruction.

Trump called his fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “wonderful” and said there were two reasons for proposing it.

“I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!” he said.

“Democrats are not interested in Border Safety & Security or in the funding and rebuilding of our Military. They are only interested in Obstruction!” he added in a subsequent tweet.

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The tweets come ahead of Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, which is expected to focus heavily on immigration.

Observers are also wondering if the president will strike a tone of bipartisanship in the highly anticipated address.

Trump laid out his immigration plan in a one-page framework last week, which is taking heavy fire from both the right and the left. It calls for granting a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants in exchange for tens of billions of dollars for his border wall and other policies that would dramatically restrict legal immigration.

The president wants the Senate to introduce legislation based on his blueprint by Feb. 5, just three days before government funding runs out.

The three-day government shutdown ended early last week after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe bizarre back story of the filibuster The Bible's wisdom about addressing our political tribalism Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (R-Ky.) promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect DACA recipients, often called "Dreamers," if Democrats agreed to end the shutdown.

— This report was updated at 9:53 a.m.