Local leaders respond to President Trump's wall proposal

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego. (AP Photo/Elliott Spagat, File)

President Trump made an offer to Democrats to end the partial government shutdown Saturday.

The deal offered three-years protection for Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as Dreamers, in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.

Kern County Congressional leaders responded to the president's announcement.

"What he is proposing, is to use the DACA recipients, the dreamers, young men and women who have been here working hard, playing by the rules – he wants to use them as bargaining chips. That's unacceptable," Congressman TJ Cox (D-21) said in an interview with Eyewitness News.

Rep. Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement:

"President Trump has put forward a serious and reasonable offer to reform parts of our broken immigration system, including stronger and more effective border security. It will also reopen parts of the federal government that are shut down. This proposal represents the truest form of compromise – just as our Founders intended government to work. Each component has bipartisan support and presents a historic opportunity to solve a persistent problem. The moment now turns to Democrat leaders in Washington. The country is watching. Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer need to drop the resistance and start working with Republicans to get this done.

Civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta also weighed in.

"We now know that the wall is not needed, he now is trying to hold the Dreamers hostage the way that he's holding government employees hostageby shutting down the government," Huerta said.

In Washington D.C., Democratic leaders dismissed the president’s proposal.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released this statement: "This proposal does not include the permanent solution for the dreamers and TPS recipients."

Meanwhile, the partial government shutdown is now dragging on to its 29th day and 800,000 federal employees remain without pay.

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