27 January, 2018
The proposal would offer a pathway to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally as children in exchange for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall and significant new restrictions on legal immigration.
"The Department of Homeland Security must have the tools to deter illegal immigrants; the ability to remove individuals who illegally enter the United States, and the vital authorities necessary to protect national security", a senior White House official told journalists.
The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute said it believes the largest share of the White House's 1.8 million people who'd be eligible for citizenship - 1.3 million - are people who now meet all of DACA's eligibility requirements.
Trump said he wanted to offer the Dreamers, protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an "incentive" of citizenship perhaps in 10 to 12 years. It would also set up a $25 billion trust fund to establish a border wall system and otherwise improve border security. But President Trump's designs for undocumented parents are not the only troubling aspect of this proposal.
"For me and for a lot of students right now, everybody is kind of on edge, everybody is kind of not sure what the future holds and I think we've had that for a while now", DACA student Jose Garibay told KXAN. "We are going to solve the Daca problem".
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) slammed President Trump's immigration proposal, deriding it as "anti-immigrant"- even though it would go beyond current "Dreamers" and create a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens. "The immigration framework put forth by the Trump Administration is a continuation of the anti-immigrant stance this White House has taken from the beginning".
Trump to meet with British prime minister next week in Swiss Alps
The two leaders are unlikely to have a meeting in Davos mainly due to their different days of attendance at the forum meeting. The PM has taken keen interest to ensure that India showcases its soft skills globally.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would be ending the program started in former President Barack Obama's term, but Trump delayed the move for six months so that Congress would have time to act.
Anti-immigration activists also assailed the plan, though for the opposite reason.
"We cannot celebrate this announcement as a victory because there is still an uphill battle ahead in Congress", the group said in a written statement.
White House officials said that the list of enhanced security measures - which have been on anti-immigration wish lists for decades - were nonnegotiable. "I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally", he said, according to The Hill newspaper. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas who battled Trump in 2016 for the GOP presidential nomination.
Many senators involved in the negotiations said they were buoyed by Trump's comments. During consideration of the resolution, an amendment to remove the paragraph regarding establishment of a "path to legal status" failed in a ballot vote of 51-48 percent.
A visa lottery aimed at increasing diversity would also be eliminated.