White House sends immigration policy demands to Congress

White House sends immigration policy demands to Congress

The plan calls for funds for the construction of President Trump's Mexico border wall, and would allow the deportation of unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the USA, impose more rigorous checks on asylum applicants, make it harder for gang members to sneak into the United States and ensure swift removal of all immigration offenders, with a particular focus on visa overstayers.

The list of principles, which were sent to Congressional leaders on Sunday night, called for curbing federal grants for "sanctuary cities" and limiting legal immigration which includes issuing fewer family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents, and creating a point-based system.

In a statement, Democratic leaders Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), rebuked the list as "anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans". In addition to these measures, the list also wants any new deal to include funding for the Mexican wall project of the President apart from restrictions imposed on legal migration. The statement continues, quote, "if the president was serious about protecting the DREAMers, his staff has not made a good-faith effort to do so".

Rep. Luis Gutierrez went even further, calling Trump's proposal an "extension of the white supremacist agenda" as he criticized his colleagues for thinking that a compromise was even possible.

Under Mr Obama's policy, they were able to apply for work and study permits but critics said the scheme amounted to an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

A few weeks ago Donald Trump appeared to be siding with the Democrats on DACA, agreeing to pass the DREAM Act that would make that policy official without any serious demands like funding for the border wall. A person familiar with the matter has disclosed that these leaders meant to forge a deal with President Trump, a matter that would end up protecting younger immigrants. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise, ' they added. DACA recipients who had renewed their status by last week would get a six-month grace period before deportation in order to give Congress time to work out a permanent fix.

The Trump administration announced last month he would move to end the DACA program that provided a temporary legal status for the young immigrants.

A Democratic aide familiar with the process told TIME on Monday that numerous principles outlined by the White House could face opposition from lawmakers both sides of the aisle.

The principles also mentioned about a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to "sanctuary cities", the Washington Post reported citing a document distributed to Congress and obtained by the news outlet. Democrats already have said numerous White House's terms are off the table.

See: New Trump immigration plan puts "Dreamers" deal under threat. The president has previously said there could be no deal without those security reassurances.

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