Trump expected to pitch immigration deal to end funding stalemate

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE is expected to use his address Saturday afternoon to propose an immigration deal as part of a plan to secure border wall funding and reopen the federal government, according to multiple reports.

Axios and CNN reported that Trump is likely to offer passing the BRIDGE Act, which would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, as well as legislation extending the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for his requested $5.7 billion in border security funding.

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The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on Saturday.

Trump has teased a "major announcement" on Saturday afternoon as the White House and congressional Democrats remain dug in over the shutdown, which hit the 29-day mark on Saturday.

In a sign that Trump's proposal is unlikely to break the weeks-long shutdown logjam, Democrats preemptively panned the offer and noted the White House hadn't reached out to them ahead of time.

"Democrats were not consulted on this and have rejected similar overtures previously. It’s clearly a non serious product of negotiations amongst White House staff to try to clean up messes the president created in the first place. POTUS is holding more people hostage for his wall," said a Democratic aide.

The White House has tried, unsuccessfully, to drive a wedge between moderate lawmakers and Democratic leadership.

They would need to win over at least seven Democratic senators if every Republican voted for their plan. But Democrats have shown no signs of breaking from Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (D-N.Y.), who is publicly urging Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown Jon Stewart slams McConnell over 9/11 victim fund MORE (R-Ky.) to reopen the government before they negotiate on the border demands.

Democratic senators, who appeared in the dark about what exactly Trump will offer, signaled on Saturday that they were standing by that demand.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTexas raises age to purchase tobacco to 21 Texas raises age to purchase tobacco to 21 Democrats push to make national security a 2020 wedge issue MORE (D-Va.), noting that he had heard contradictory rumors about what the president will say, said agreeing to take up a deal before the government is reopened "would accelerate the use of shutdown as a negotiating tool."

"We've got to reopen the government first," he told The Hill. "If we can get government reopen I'm absolutely convinced that there's a deal here."

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzHillicon Valley: Lawmakers angered over Border Patrol breach | Senate Dems press FBI over Russian hacking response | Emails reportedly show Zuckerberg knew of Facebook's privacy issues | FCC looks to improve broadband mapping Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers angered over Border Patrol breach | Senate Dems press FBI over Russian hacking response | Emails reportedly show Zuckerberg knew of Facebook's privacy issues | FCC looks to improve broadband mapping FCC to vote on proposal for improving broadband mapping MORE (D-Hawaii) added in a tweet that "if we open up the government I am open to negotiations. But if we reward this behavior it will never end, and the pain and chaos will be worse in the future."

About a quarter of the federal government has been shut down since Dec. 22 over Trump's demand for more than $5 billion in funding to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The shutdown fight intensified this week when Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) urged Trump to put off his State of the Union address scheduled for Jan. 29. Trump in turn prevented congressional delegations from traveling overseas on military flights during the shutdown.

Polls suggest that the majority of Americans blame the president for the shutdown, which has left 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or without pay.

Some Senate Republicans have floated the possibility of exchanging DACA protections for border wall money amid the stalled talks.

A bill with a similar deal fell flat in the House, with lawmakers saying that a deal to reopen the government by trading wall funding for immigration benefits for so-called Dreamers doesn't stand a chance in the lower chamber.

Democrats have said they don't trust Trump to keep his end of bargains, and are wary of negotiating a deal that could benefit those in the DACA program while harming other undocumented immigrants.

Republican members said they would refuse to negotiate on the House bill because it did not provide funding for physical border construction.

Three groups funded by conservative mega-donor Charles Koch called on Trump and congressional leaders Thursday to agree to permanent DACA protections in exchange for border wall funding.

Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream and DACA recipient Greisa Martinez Rosas released a statement Saturday criticizing the reported proposal.

“Trump is the one who put us in danger by killing TPS and DACA and then blocking the Dream Act to protect us with a pathway to citizenship," she wrote.

"For months, Trump has tried to use our lives to get his Wall and increase his deportation agents to hurt immigrants. Trump has killed every compromise to protect immigrant youth, demanding more detention camps and billions for the deportation force. We will need to see the details but we are deeply skeptical that this is not just another trick to hurt even more immigrant families."

— Updated 1:25 p.m.