Hard-Line Immigration Principles By The Trump Administration Puts 'Dreamers' Deal At Jeopardy
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 11, 2017,
Oct 11, 2017, 0:12
In a joint statement, Senator Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said funding for the wall "was explicitly ruled out of negotiations". Under these principles, there will be restrictions for family-based green cards to spouses and minor children and there will also be a creation for a point-based system for legal immigration.
In addition to full funding for a border wall, the president wants Congress to cut off federal grants for so-called sanctuary cities like Boulder and Denver.
"These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients", Trump said in a letter attached to his demands.
The White House also wants legislation to more quickly deport undocumented immigrant children apprehended at the border, many of whom are fleeing violence in Central America, the New York Times reported.
About 690,000 immigrants are enrolled in DACA, but their work permits are set to begin expiring in March.
The White House wants the wish list to guide immigration reform in Congress and accompany a bill to replace DACA, an Obama-era program that protected almost 800,000 "Dreamers" from deportation and also allowed them to secure work permits.
President Trump ended the initiative last month but gave Congress six months to write it into law.
They are young people who were brought to the USA illegally as children and as such faced deportation.
White House aides told reporters the proposals were necessary to protect public safety and jobs for American-born workers.
A three-pronged proposal lists initiatives under three broad categories - border security, interior enforcement and merit-based immigration series.
Trump's immigration reform blueprint includes money for a border wall and more border patrol agents, and new enforcement measures to limit the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
Democrats say that President Trump's demands for the DACA deal have killed the agreement they previously made previously. It is a dealing that would offer restrictions in line with just how much the border security measures the dreamers would ask from the government.
Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi, who received the immigration principles on Sunday, reacted with dismay.
Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long-time advocate for lawful immigration policies, has publicly applauded President Trump's recent proposal.