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Grind for January 23rd, 2019
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The Headline

Trump proposes DACA and TPA protections in exchange for border wall funding; Democrats refuse

The Grind

President Trump on Saturday presented Democrats with a proposal to end the government shutdown, calling for $5.7 billion in border wall funding in exchange for a 3-year protection from deportation for some illegal immigrants.

The proposal also includes:

— $800 million in humanitarian assistance

— 805 million in new drug-detection technology

— 2,750 additional border agents and law enforcement officials

— 75 additional immigration judge teams

— A new procedure that would allow minors from Central America to apply for asylum in their home countries

President Trump called the proposal a “common-sense compromise,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described it as a “non-starter.”

The Details

Trump’s proposal would protect undocumented immigrants that fall under the DACA and TPS programs (both of which he has tried to end).

“At this moment in time, this is a good path forward,” said White House advisor Jared Kushner, urging Dems to trust in the Trump Administration to move forward with immigration negotiations after the government is up and running.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described the proposal as a “fair compromise” and promised to hold a vote later this week.

In the meantime, lawmakers in the House will soon vote on a package of bills that would provide funding for most closed agencies and allocate money towards border security and immigration courts.

And So It Begins

The Headline

California Senator Kamala Harris announces presidential bid

The Grind

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris on Monday announced her intention to run for president in 2020.

“I love my country,” she said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “And this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are.”

According to polls, roughly 54% of Americans have never heard of or have no opinion of Harris. Among those who do have an opinion, her approval rating is as high as 75%.

The Details

Harris, 54, was elected to the Senate in November 2016. Her victory over fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez marked the first time voters in California had elected a new senator in over two decades.

In the Senate, Harris is the first black politician to represent California and the second black female to serve in the chamber. Her ethnicity is a mix of Indian and Jamaican.

Before she was elected to the Senate, Harris served as San Francisco’s District Attorney from 2004 to 2010. In 2010, she became California’s first female attorney general.

When asked whether her background in law enforcement could hamper her ability to attract Democratic votes, she explained:

“I think it is a false choice to suggest that communities do not want law enforcement. Most communities do. They don’t want excessive force. They don’t want racial profiling, but then nobody should.”

Harris plans to run her campaign from Baltimore, but will hold her first campaign rally in her hometown of Oakland, CA.

Other Democrats to announce presidential bids include: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Obama-era HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

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