A Nebraska Congressman pleads for Washington to come together, re-open the government, and fund a border wall.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry takes to the House floor to implore his colleagues to find a way to end the current stalemate.
“No one wins in a government shutdown. No one wins if the border is not secure. That’s where we are,” Fortenberry says.
Fortenberry calls President Donald Trump’s weekend proposal a reasoned approach to begin negotiations which could lead to re-opening the federal government.
Trump offered to extend President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, for three years, providing legal standing for 700,000 children brought into the country illegally by their parents. The president also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status for 300,000 now facing expiration for three years. He said the three years would give more time to negotiate a more permanent immigration deal.
In exchange, the president requested Congress approved the $5.7 billion to extend the southern border wall for 2,000 more miles. The president’s proposal also contained a request for $800 million for humanitarian assistance, as well as money for enhanced drug-detection technology and nearly 3,000 border agents.
The proposal is a starting point for a reasonable debate, according to Fortenberry, who says though America is a just and generous nation, disorder at the border prevents the country from carrying out a just and humanitarian immigration system.
Fortenberry says Congress needs to find not just a compromise, but a consensus.
“A compromise implies that somebody may win, and somebody may lose. Let’s all win here. Let’s get the government re-opened with the right type of package that includes robust border security that can make America proud.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]