Trump immigration plan calls for citizenship path for Dreamers, border spending

Trump immigration plan calls for citizenship path for Dreamers, border spending

Trump immigration plan calls for citizenship path for Dreamers, border spending

In addition to the citizenship path that would take up to 12 years, the White House framework includes a $25 billion "trust fund" for a border wall and additional security upgrades on the southwestern and northern US borders.

Trump campaigned for president in 2016 promising tougher rules for immigration.

The president suggested despite the acrimony between he and Schumer during the shutdown fight, he's even ready to extend an invitation for a White House meeting again soon.

White House officials said their initial proposal would be limited to the 690,000 who were enrolled in DACA when Trump terminated the program. That group would then be eligible to pursue full citizenship over a period of 10 to 12 years.

"The president wants to lead on this issue, and that's exactly what we're going to do", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday, hours before Trump made remarks to reporters. "It's going to happen at some point in the future", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It keeps the incentive to do a great job.

The poll found that more than 80 percent of Americans support curbing legal immigration levels, a plan that Trump has endorsed to raise the wages of working and middle-class Americans and stem the current never-ending flow of cheaper, foreign competition that burdens the country's blue-collar workers the most.

In what the White House framed as a "dramatic concession" and "compromise", Trump would accept a path to citizenship not just for the roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants were covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program when it was ended. But after he was sworn in a year ago, Trump did not act, instead assuring dreamers that he would work out a deal to protect them.

The ruling flies in the face of a decision several years back by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled a similar 2014 deportation amnesty illegal based largely on the operations of DACA. "The action should be here in the Senate to find a narrow deal on DACA and border security", he added. James Lankford, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma who's been involved in congressional negotiations, following the White House call.

"Members of Congress of conscience must make the moral choice to reject this white supremacist proposal and pass legislation that protects us without harming others".

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Though many hardline conservatives are opposed to a path to legalization, Cotton said the children were brought to the country "before the age of accountability".

Roy Beck, the president of NumbersUSA, who has spent decades lobbying Congress to reduce the number of immigrants coming to the US, said a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers would be "reasonable" if it was accompanied by limiting sponsorship of family members and eliminating the visa lottery.

Graham said in a statement: "With this strong statement by President Trump, I have never felt better about our chances of finding a solution on immigration".

"I applaud the White House for offering a solid framework for immigration reform that provides a responsible solution for DACA, border security and other immigration issues", said Sen. "Now, it's up to the Democrats, but they should not be concerned".

The White House announcement on immigration came as 35 senators gathered late Wednesday to figure out how the chamber will proceed on its immigration debate. The group invited Republican Whip John Cornyn, a Texas member of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, to discuss the issue. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has in recent weeks been at the forefront of efforts to reach an immigration deal. Both senators are the deputy leaders of their respective parties and sit on a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on immigration policy. Lindsey Graham of SC, a plan that Trump rejected.

"We have created a process for input".

Noting that the proposal would be handed over to the Senate, the officials hoped that the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would introduce it on the floor before February 6.

As the president explained, under the legal framework that the White House will disclose next Monday, the protections for the "Dreamers" would be "transformed" towards an eventual citizenship.

Senator Elizabeth Warren called the deal "insulting", writing: "By ending DACA, @realdonaldtrump subjected 800k Dreamers to deportation".

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