WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump's proposal for ending the 29-day partial federal shutdown is simply "more hostage taking."
The New York Democrat says Trump's plan offers "one-sided and ineffective remedies."
Trump on Saturday proposed granting temporary protections against deportation for many young immigrants and others fleeing violent or disaster-battered countries. In exchange, Trump wants $5.7 billion to construct 230 miles of his proposed Southwest border wall.
Schumer says once Trump signs bills reopening government, negotiations would then be possible.
Schumer says the protections for immigrants that Trump is offering to temporarily revive are legal shields that Trump took away in the first place. He says offering to renew those protections in exchange for wall money is hostage taking.