The proposal included $5.7 billion for the deployment of a physical barrier or wall. That wall, he said, would not be a 2,000-mile concrete structure, but steel in high priority areas.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Trump’s proposal as a “nonstarter” moments before the announcement.
Democrats want the protections to be permanent and want him to reopen government before negotiating on border security.
The shutdown began Dec. 22, 2018 over a stalemate between Trump and congressional leaders over his demand for more than $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.