Wicker Supports President’s Plan to End Shutdown, Address Border Crisis

January 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump proposed legislation to end the government shutdown, address the crisis at the southern border, and to grant provisional status to current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients:

“The President’s proposal gives Congress an opportunity to end the shutdown and secure the border. This bold plan is a good-faith offer to Democrats who have refused to work with the President to find a resolution. There is no reason for Senate Democrats to continue this shutdown when many, including Senator Schumer, have supported border walls and fences in the past. They now have an off-ramp to end this impasse and address some of our nation’s immigration challenges.”

President Trump’s plan includes priorities supported by both Republicans and Democrats. The proposal would:

  • Fully reopen the federal government and end furloughs for more than 800,000 federal workers;
  • Fund $5.7 billion to fund a border wall as requested by the President and Republicans; and
  • Grant provisional status for three years for current DACA and TPS recipients, a proposal long-supported by Democrats.