Trump offers citizenship plan for young immigrants

Trump offers citizenship plan for young immigrants

The White House's newly released legislative framework addressing DACA, funding for the border wall, and chain migration does not satisfy immigration restrictionist experts.

Officials said they expected McConnell to bring the president's plan to the Senate floor for a vote during the week of February 5, just days before the February 8 expiration of a short-term government spending plan.

Trump, whose tough immigration stance was a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign, said in September he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program for Dreamers that was created by Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump's comprehensive plan - which will be formally presented next week - includes eliminating the popular "green card lottery" program and would severely restrict family immigration. However, the plan would not allow immigrants' parents to seek lawful status, the officials said.

"People don't understand-the one problem I think the current occupant of the White House-they don't understand that sanctuary cities is [sic] what helps law enforcement".

The plan represents a sharp shift in USA immigration policies.

The framework includes a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Congressman John Lewis, an American civil rights icon who once marched with Martin Luther King Jr, said he will not attend the January 30 address because Trump used a vulgar slur to describe some countries during a meeting with lawmakers about a possible bipartisan immigration deal. The diversity visa lottery benefits immigrants from countries underrepresented in the U.S. This proposal is blatantly racist, especially given Trump's recent "shithole" comments about some of the countries included in the program.

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Should Congress fail to strike an immigration deal by then, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has pledged to bring DACA legislation to the Senate floor, where it would likely pass with support from Democrats and moderate Republicans.

He said: 'We stand at the precipice of achieving a permanent solution for Dreamers, and both sides of the immigration debate must be willing to make a compromise to get the job done.

White House officials said that the list of enhanced security measures - which have been on anti-immigration wish lists for decades - were nonnegotiable.

"It's a fantastic proposal that's a good way to start a negotiation", said Vlad Davidiuk, Communications Director for the Harris County Republican Party.

The package was immediately panned by pro-immigration groups, which said the plan was a bad trade-off.

The plan would provide an eventual path to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million individuals now living illegally in the country. "Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us".

Democrats, including Durbin, have widely denounced the plan as a White House attempt to use the dreamers as "ransom" to dramatically curtail legal immigration levels and bolster deportations with costly increases in immigration agents and judges. The little stuff here - all aimed at ensuring that when we catch illegal immigrants at the border we can detain and send them home - is much more important than a wall itself.

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