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Wisconsin 'Dreamer' questions President Trump's border security proposal

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 08:08:54-05

Saturday President Donald Trump proposed limited legal protections for undocumented immigrants in exchange for money to build his border wall.

Luis Tapia is an undocumented teenager. He came to the US when he was 8-months-old and considers Racine his home.

The president’s latest shutdown proposal could give youth like Tapia temporary protected status in the U.S. But it comes with a price that Tapia doesn’t think is worth it, the Border Wall.

Now Luis says he feel like pawn in losing game.

“We aren’t some things he can just throw around. If he really cared about us, he wouldn’t play with our lives for a wall," said Tapia.

A wall that many Republicans like U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil support.

“I support the $5.7 billion that has been requested but if Democrats don’t agree then bring a proposal to the table,” said Steil.

Steil released the following statement after Trump announced his latest proposal to end the shutdown:

“Today, President Trump offered a path to end the shutdown. Now, it is time for Senate Democrats and Nancy Pelosi to display a similar willingness to compromise and finally bring an end to this impasse. I am hopeful that with the president’s offer, real progress is finally possible.”

The possibility of rejection for Trump’s proposal still leaves unclear a path for undocumented immigrants and to reopening about a quarter of the government.