Schumer blasts Trump shutdown deal, proposes protections for fed workers

January 20, 2019 - 2:02 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – On day 30 of the shutdown, Sen. Chuck Schumer blasted President Trump’s proposed DACA-for-wall deal as a non-started while introducing legislation to protect federal workers who can’t pay their bills.

The Senate minority leader was unusually testy Sunday as he rejected the president’s proposal this weekend to provide some protection for “Dreamers” and other undocumented immigrants in exchange for his border wall.

Trump's proposal includes three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients and a three-year extension of temporary protected status (TPS) for undocumented immigrants. In exchange, he wants $5.7 billion for the border wall, among other things. 

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“It was the president who single-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place,” Schumer said. “Offering some of those protections that he took away back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but hostage taking.”

Schumer made the statements as he announced legislation to protect federal workers and contractors from eviction, foreclosure and other consequences because they can’t pay their bills.

“People need specific protections,” he said. “They’re prevented from being evicted or foreclosed on because they can’t pay the rent or can’t meet the mortgage payment.”