Two dozen 'Dreamer' immigrants to attend Trump State of Union

27 January, 2018, 19:16 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

The White House sent Congress an outline for a deal on immigration Thursday that includes protection of children of undocumented immigrants in exchange greater border security and other immigration restrictions.

After months of uncertainty, those who rely on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA could now have better access to US citizenship.

Trump's immigration plan also includes unspecified amounts of money for increased ICE funding, including a proposal to indefinitely detain more immigrants.

The White House is scheduled to roll out its immigration framework on Monday, which would be based on four agreed-upon pillars - securing the border and closing legal loopholes, ending extended-family chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery and providing a permanent solution on DACA.

- Establish a $25 billion trust fund to pay for a wall on the USA southern border with Mexico and security improvements on the northern border with Canada.

Trump hinted at the proposal to come on Wednesday evening in impromptu comments suggesting that he was open to allowing some of the young immigrants to become citizens in 10 to 12 years.

"I don't consider myself to be on the far right". President Trump later tweeted that "Senator Dick Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting".

Though Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump's proposal would provide a "framework for guidance" as legislators discuss an agreement, it might not satisfy Republican backers of a bill by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte of Virginia that would grant Dreamers legal status in the United States, but not citizenship.

A lot of similar responses, and I think it just comes down to the fact that President Trump's shifting positions on immigration and also the rhetoric he's used from the campaign through his presidency, notably the slur he used in that infamous moment in the White House a couple weeks ago talking about African countries.

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And the outcry from both sides doesn't bode well for the prospect of Congress reaching a deal to address DACA before it expires March 5 - the arbitrary deadline Trump put on the program past year.

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican Cuban-American from Miami and longtime advocate of immigration reform, praised Trump for putting forward a "serious proposal".

The White House's offer of a path to citizenship for the Dreamers was much wider than expected.

Pro-immigration groups said it would reduce overall immigration by half.

"I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally".

Cruz did not mention Trump by name, but there is no doubt that he was voicing the concern shared by numerous men and women who supported Trump in the last presidential election.

Democrat Amy Klobuchar said "it was certainly helpful" that Trump supported a path to citizenship for Dreamers. "I'm hoping for the best and I'm hoping they go through with it and give us something we can actually trust", she added.

But they've rejected narrowly focused legislation on the topic, arguing that more comprehensive immigration legislation is needed.

A visa lottery aimed at increasing diversity would be eliminated.

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