On Saturday, President Trump once again did what he does best: speaking directly to the American body politic uninterrupted and uncensored. Announcing days prior on Twitter that he will make a “major announcement” regarding the government shutdown and the border wall, it was expected that he would either (a). Declare a national emergency in order to appropriate immediate funding for the wall, or (b). Introduce a new deal — ostensibly a compromise — in order to get the Democrats talking. The latter was chosen.
Like his usual spiel regarding immigration and his dearly sought out border wall, his soliloquy was initially filled with damning, eye-opening facts of illegal immigration — most of which he spoke of during his Oval Office address.
While serving as an impactful foundation for his proposal, I largely do not see the point of him mentioning them anymore; people who are against the wall will be against the wall, regardless of the continuous regurgitation of Republican talking points.
He then transitioned to the piece de resistance of his speech: the deal. Details of the soon-to-be-mentioned compromise were already promulgating prior to his speech, coming from mainstream media networks who received the “inside scoop”. To sum up, Trump is willing to extend the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) recipients’ period of deferred action from two years to three years and extend legal protections for nearly 300,000 immigrants under the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) program. In return, he’s requesting the standard $5.7 billion for the border wall — now called a “steel barrier system” — and nearly $3 billion for various other infrastructure and protectoral programs, including funding for drug detection technologies, medical support, border security agents, and immigration judges.