Pence: Trump's immigration proposal to reopen government 'is not amnesty'

Pence: Trump's immigration proposal to reopen government 'is not amnesty'
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Vice President Pence on Sunday defended President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's immigration proposal to reopen the government against criticism from both Democrats and hard-line conservatives, calling it a "good-faith effort" to address immigration issues.

Pence pushed back on "Fox News Sunday" against conservatives who likened Trump's plan to amnesty by offering protections for "Dreamers" and Temporary Protected Status recipients.

"This is not amnesty," Pence said. "There’s no pathway to citizenship there’s no permanent status here at all, which is what amnesty contemplates.

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"I think as the American people look at this, Chris, they’re going to see this for what it is," he added. "President Trump said 'bring me the ideas from all sides, let's put them all on the table.' The president has made it clear what he would support. Now it’s time for the Senate and the House to start voting to secure our border and reopen the government."

Trump on Saturday proposed a deal that includes more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border, a three-year extension of protections for “Dreamers” who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Temporary Protected Status holders, and funding for additional immigration judges and other border security measures.

The bill, if passed, would end the partial government shutdown that has lasted 30 days and counting. The shutdown was triggered by Trump's demand for more than $5 billion in funding for the border wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: 'It never occurred to me' convincing Americans to get vaccinated would be difficult The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) said he would bring Trump’s proposal up for a vote this week, but Democrats quickly signaled they did not support the plan, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Calif.) calling the concept a “non-starter.”

The vice president dismissed the possibility of reopening the government as negotiations over wall funding continue, arguing that Democrats have indicated they would not agree to money for the structure even once federal agencies were funded.

"Frankly, Chris, what the American people want us to do is to work on their priorities," Pence said. "And the American people want us to secure the border."