Puget Sound weighs in on Trump's latest offer to end shutdown
SEATTLE, Wash. —
President Trump made a major announcement Saturday about border security and the partial government shutdown -- which is now entering a fifth week. People around Seattle Center who had a chance to hear his speech offered their two cents.
Crystal Wilson of Kirkland said what the president offered was not a compromise.
“I think it’s him saying this is want I want. This is what I need,” said Wilson. “To continue the government shutdown is just immoral. Him talking about a humanitarian crisis --he is the humanitarian crisis.”
President Donald Trump proposed extending protections for deferred action for childhood arrivals recipients and individuals with temporary protected status in exchange for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Kendra Huso, a student.
Huso said that proposal is unrealistic. She and others want to know what happens in three years for the DACA kids.
“I don’t think three years working with DACA is enough. I think if anything it needs to be permanent and then maybe we can talk. But three years versus a permanent wall isn’t fair trade at all,” said Huso.
Big worries over the impact of the government shutdown continue and those here didn’t find any comfort in what the President said Saturday.
“I think it’s ridiculous that he’s using the government shutdown as a leverage point to get the wall that he promised,” said Miles Winarsk, a student.
Nearly 11,000 federal workers in Washington State struggle to survive without pay during shutdown. Cairo D’Almeida is a TSA officer. He is also president of AFGE Local 1102, the union representing TSA employees. He listened to the president's announcement Saturday regarding the shutdown.
“It does not look good. It doesn’t look like he’s going to stop it and I’m not sure he’s going to be able to keep these officers working even though they are working 7 days a week up to 18 hours a day,” said D’Almeida.
However, local Republican leaders stood behind the president.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents Washington's 3rd District in southwest part of the state, said the president's offer is a "reasonable step toward compromise."
Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party Caleb Heimlich, issued this statement about President Trump's announcement:
"President Trump is putting the interests of the American people above petty politics by offering a reasonable compromise that provides immigration reform, improves border security and would open government immediately. The Democrats need to come the table and negotiate instead of resisting progress. We need a functioning government. It’s time both sides come together and do what’s best for the country."