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Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press
President Donald Trump speak to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — A nationally televised presentation of a border security compromise proposal Saturday from President Donald Trump was met with mixed results, including from Utah's congressional delegation.

The president offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the move as a "common-sense compromise," Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a "non-starter."

Silas Walker, Deseret News
Congressman Ben McAdams speaks to members of the media after holding a town hall meeting to familiarize constituents with district office staff as well as to provide an opportunity for McAdams to listen to Utahans on issues that are important to them at the Redwood Recreation Center in West Valley City on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

The Republican members of Utah's federal delegation roundly supported the President's proposal. Utah's lone Democrat in the House, Rep. Ben McAdams, saw the president's pitch as at least a sign of movement toward compromise, but not the solution.

Though Trump presented his proposal while McAdams was still speaking with constituents, and he noted he hadn't had a chance to review the details, he said he'd still like to see government reopened while negotiations continue on border security and immigration issues.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
FILE - Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, talks with Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, prior to President Donald Trump's arrival at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

"We've got American people who are suffering during this negotiation," McAdams said. "I don't think we should continue making the American people pay the price of that while we negotiate. I'm not saying I won't sit down and negotiate until the government is open, but we should open the government and have this negotiation on a parallel track."

McAdams also highlighted his desire to see a permanent, rather than short-term, solution for so-called Dreamers, as well as comprehensive immigration reform.

Other members of the state's federal delegation weighed-in with statements or social media postings in response to the Trump proposal.

• Rep. Rob Bishop: "I like it. Let's vote."

• Rep. John Curtis: "The President has made a reasonable, good-faith offer, and I hope my Democratic colleagues will give it the fair consideration it deserves. No compromise is perfect, but we all can agree on the importance of ending this shutdown."

Andrew Harnik, Associated Press
FILE - Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, smiles during a mock swearing in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins.

• Sen. Mike Lee: "It is very good to hear that we will be voting on a solution to end the government shutdown and secure the border this week. I look forward to reading the legislation and being able to offer amendments if they are needed."

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• Sen. Mitt Romney: "(President Trump) has put forth a reasonable, good faith proposal that will reopen the government and help secure the border. I look forward to voting for it and will work to encourage my Republican and Democratic colleagues to do the same."

• Rep. Chris Stewart: "The President put forward a very reasonable proposal that would secure our southern border and provide much needed humanitarian relief as well as relief for our Dreamers. He has tried to compromise with the Democrats, but they rejected his offer before they even heard it. It's time they came to the table and negotiated in good faith."