GOP senator calls Trump immigration offer a 'straw man proposal' not meant to become law

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordDemocrats press for action on election security GOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank MORE (R-Okla.) on Sunday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE's proposal to extend protections for some immigrants in exchange for wall funding a "straw man proposal" that is not meant to become law.

Lankford said on ABC's "This Week" that he and other Republicans encouraged the White House to "put out a proposal."

"They’ve listened to a lot of Democrat and Republican members for the last month. They’ve heard all the demands. They know all the background on it. Put out a straw man proposal. Get something out there the president can say, 'I can support this,' and it has elements from both sides, put it on the table, then open it up for debate," he said.

"The vote this week in the Senate is not to pass the bill," Lankford continued. "It is to open up and say, 'Can we debate this? Can we amend it? Can we make changes?' Let’s find a way to be able to get the government open because there are elements in this that are clearly elements that have been supported by Democrats strongly in the past."

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Trump said Saturday that he would extend protections for some groups of immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border, an offer Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called a "non-starter."

Trump's demand for a wall along the border sparked the ongoing government shutdown, which has been in effect since Dec. 22. He has said he will refuse to sign a bill to reopen the government that doesn't include funding for the wall.