In exchange for his $5.7 billion southern border wall, he's offering protections for "Dreamers" - young people brought into the country illegally by their parents over the next three years.
If Democrats refuse to even come to the table to debate and amend the proposed bill, they risk the label of politically irrational and personally irresponsible when it comes to dealing with these serious issues.
"I can't see us keeping federal employees, 800,000 people, out of work while we go back and forth on negotiations".
Besides the paltry sum of $5.7 billion he is requesting for the border barrier (paltry because the Democrats approved $40 billion during the Obama administration for identical purposes) they also rejected a few other key points.
"This bill takes a bipartisan approach to re-opening the closed portions of the federal government". The deal woud also offer protections for 300,000 illegal immigrants Temporary Protected Status. That's why, from their perspective, Trump didn't really offer them much today. And Trump heralded the package as a bipartisan, "compassionate response" that would offer humanitarian relief on the border and curb illegal immigration - while allowing the government to reopen. But the plan faces an uphill path in the Senate and virtually no chance of survival in the Democratic-controlled House. President Trump could remind Republicans that rule of law and compassion are principles they profess to believe and that now is the time to prove it. "Democrats shouldn't play this game with Trump". "We voted for Trump and got Jeb!"
Trump has struggled to find a way out of a four-week partial government shutdown over his demand to construct a wall between the US and Mexico.
He added, "The only responsible path forward is to reopen the government immediately".
He was negotiating with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and if he wants to succeed he's going to have to get Democrats on board.
Even before Trump started speaking, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leaders were calling the proposal "a non-starter" that was full of "previously rejected initiatives".
In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has considered declaring a national emergency, which would enable him to build the wall without congressional approval.
President Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.
McConnell laid out his plan in a private call with GOP senators late Saturday afternoon, where there was little dissent, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. But it's drawn nothing but negative reviews from Democrats so far.
She added, "When I talk to families in New Mexico, they tell me about the need for quality public education, good paying jobs, and access to quality health care - the wall is not a solution to those concerns". Trump is "holding federal workers hostage, saying he'll temporarily give back what he took away-only if we give him a pointless, ineffective wall", Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from NY tweeted after the president's remarks.
Top Democrats have said that they will only negotiate on immigration proposals when the government is opened.
The impacts of the record-breaking partial government shutdown are continuing to escalate.
Vice President Mike Pence, in a roundtable session Saturday with a group of reporters after Trump's remarks, tried to assuage any reluctant Republicans and reach out to needed Democrats.
The proposal would protect immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.
The Dreamers, mostly young Latinos, are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which protects certain people who illegally entered the United States as children.
Trump is expected to make the announcement from the White House in a 4pm ET address.
Democrats are now proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for new immigration judges and improvements to ports of entry from Mexico but nothing for the wall, a House aide said, as the party begins fleshing out its vision of improving border security.