President Trump Offers Citizenship Path for Dreamers - with a Few Conditions

White House to Release ‘Legislative Framework’ For Immigration Deal Week
White House to Release ‘Legislative Framework’ For Immigration Deal Week
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27 January, 2018

The proposal would offer a pathway to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally as children in exchange for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall and significant new restrictions on legal immigration.

A vote on the White House plan, while anathema to Democrats, would technically fulfill McConnell's pledge.

Former president Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 effectively shielding illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children from deportation and offering them work permits.

"The measure will fulfill President Trump's goals of securing the border, curbing family-based immigration and eliminating the diversity visa lottery that allows people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States to apply for visas", said Sanders.

The White House also wants to eliminate the visa lottery "and reallocate the visas to reduce the family-based "backlog" and high-skilled employment 'backlog'". One certain bargaining chip, Trump said, will be congressional funding for border security, including a wall along the USA southern border.

The plan would not allow parents of those immigrants to seek lawful status, the officials said.

"I had suggested when [Trump] called that we just have four people in the room - myself, my chief of staff Mike Lynch, his chief of staff Gen. Kelly and the president", Schumer told The New York Times podcast "The Daily". "But it also will prevent us from ending up back here in five years by securing the border and putting an end to extended-family chain migration".

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"Let me just say what I said last night: that plan is a campaign to make America white again", Pelosi said, claiming that the proposal will cut legal immigration by 50 percent...

Senior White House officials who briefed reporters Thursday on the framework also expressed a pointed rejection of the Durbin-Graham bill that the White House rejected in recent weeks.

President Donald Trump ended the DACA program in September, citing its likely unconstitutionality, and told Congress it had until March 2018 to codify it into law.

The White House's portrayal of the framework as a broad-based compromise is likely to face skepticism on Capitol Hill, where immigration reform has always been contentiously disputed.

The White House's offer of a path to citizenship for the Dreamers was much wider than expected. This is a good starting point for Congress to get to work.

'I believe @realDonaldTrump is negotiating for the next generation, not the next election which is why he is proposing a path for approx 1.8 million individuals. Ted Cruz. "Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us". "And [Democrats] did agree to a $25 billion wall, of which I'll have a lot of money left over, because I don't need $25 billion to build a wall", the president said. "Ignoring our many immigration problems is a form of amnesty that must end". After all, the Dems will have turned down full relief for around two million young (and youngish) illegal immigrants in the name of chain migration, the diversity lottery, resisting the wall - none of which is terribly popular.


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