'Hostage Taking': Schumer Rejects Trump's Wall-For-DACA Deal

January 20, 2019 - 2:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – At his Midtown office Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer rejected President Trump’s wall-for-DACA shutdown deal from the day before. 

Schumer called Trump’s proposal one-sided and ineffective as the federal government shutdown entered its 30th day. 

“It’s very hard to negotiate when a gun is held to your head,” the Senate minority leader said.

RELATED: Trump Proposal For Shutdown Deal Includes DACA Relief

Trump's proposal includes three years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients and a three-year extension of temporary protected status (TPS) for undocumented immigrants. In exchange, he wants $5.7 billion for the border wall, among other things.

Schumer says the proposal is a non-starter and that Democrats will not negotiate on immigration until the president opens the government.

“It was the president who single-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place. Offering some of those protections that he took away back in exchange for the wall is not compromise but hostage taking,” he said.