White House officials said Trump is offering a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young Dreamers, expanding the DACA program which covers 700,000 young immigrants, in return for Democrats accepting measures that would curb some legal immigration programs and provide for a border wall with Mexico. The proposal also calls for additional funding to hire more staff for the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration & Customs Enforcement, in addition to immigration judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement.
Miller, 32, a former top Senate aide to now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has long taken a hard line on immigration policy – and he has openly sparred with White House reporters over the issue, including CNN’s Jim Acosta last August.
I also asked Senator Cotton about the meeting where President Trump made alleged controversial comments about African countries. “Some republicans and most democrats just view the issue differently than Donald Trump does”, Sen.
An outline of the proposal was released on Thursday.
Mr Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. According to this framework, that would apply to the estimated 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought here as children, known as Dreamers, about 800,000 of whom obtained temporary protection DACA, which was an Obama-era executive order that Trump rescinded. In recent days, however, the White House has put pressure on Democrats by pushing for greater immigration restrictions in return for protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation.
For the administration, then, the anguish in which hundreds of thousands of immigrants are immersed at this moment is only a preamble to the next act of the show, which depends intrinsically on the mood and disposition that the President has around the time he comes back from his trip to Switzerland. The plan is likely to get a mixed reaction on Capitol Hill.
The American Civil Liberties Union described the plan as a “hateful proposal” that “would slash legal immigration to levels not seen since the racial quotas of the 1920s”.
The framework also eliminates the visa lottery and curbs us migration by extended families, a fundamental change to existing immigration policy.
But even as the President’s actions threatened young immigrants with deportation, he has urged Congress to find a permanent solution that could allow them to live and work in the country legally. These changes hope to combat entire families who wish to immigrate to the U.S., which the White House believes causes for backup and slowed speeds of our nation’s immigration system.