President Trump is an expert at calling someone’s bluff.

On Saturday, President Trump made a generous announcement that could end the partial government shutdown resulting from a showdown between the president and Congress. You know — the shutdown that began on December 22, 2018, and is now the longest in history. The one that Democrats have emotionally lamented on social media and television since it began?

Yet Democrats have already rejected the president’s proposal.

President Trump’s proposal included gift-wrapped concessions for Democrats: three years of protections for immigrants who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as well as those immigrants considered Temporary Protected Status (TPS) immigrants.

His plan will allow the immigrants to get work permits and social security numbers, without the constant looming fear of deportation.  It will mean that 300,000 immigrants whose “protected status” is about to expire will be able to breathe more easily as a more comprehensive immigration deal is hammered out.

“This plan solves the immediate crisis, and it is a horrible crisis,” President Trump said. “And it provides humanitarian relief, delivers real border security and immediately reopens our federal government.  He added, “Our immigration system should be the subject of pride, not a source of shame as it is all over the world.”

At this point, you can almost hear him say, “You’re welcome, Democrats.” And some conservative commentators aren’t happy about that.

But he also included gifts for conservatives by asking for $5.7 billion in funding for a partial steel border wall on our southern border and investments in technology and roads. (He’s already built, replaced, or contracted more than 115 miles of barriers). It also includes $805 million to help stop the flow of illegal drugs and weapons across the border by using technology, security, and canines.

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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