Deal to Protect 'Dreamers' Endangered by Trump's Hard-Line Immigration Plan

Deal to Protect 'Dreamers' Endangered by Trump's Hard-Line Immigration Plan

Deal to Protect 'Dreamers' Endangered by Trump's Hard-Line Immigration Plan

The document calls for preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families in moving legally to the U.S. and limiting such green cards to spouses and children.

The list includes the construction of Trump's long-promised - and controversial - wall along the US-Mexico border and speeding up deportation of visa overstayers.

Hopes of a bi-partisan measure to protect younger immigrants, known as "dreamers", from being deported may have been dashed after President Trump's administration released a list of hard-line crackdown on immigration.

But the policies outlined by the White House on Sunday night are likely to push Democrats away from the negotiating table.

They accused Mr Trump of backtracking on a commitment not to include the border wall in negotiations over the status of young immigrants, who are mostly from Mexico and other Latin American countries.

About 690,000 immigrants are enrolled in DACA, but their work permits are set to begin expiring in March.

The White House on Sunday announced a list of demands for any deal restoring some protections for DACA recipients that could tank a potential deal with Democrats.

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Trump phased out the program last month and gave Congress six months to find an alternative bill to the policy. "Dreamers" refers to people eligible for DACA protections; the nickname references the failed law that tried to allow them to stay in the USA legally and seek citizenship.

Supporters see the requirements as necessary to close border security loopholes, restore interior enforcement and reform the legal immigration system.

Trump said in a letter to lawmakers the proposals are "necessary to ensure prosperity, opportunity, and safety for every member of our national family".

Trump's tense relationship with Tillerson burst into public view last week.

Trump's White House so far has not been able to achieve a major legislative victory, casting doubt on the potential for a breakthrough on immigration reform, which Republican and Democratic presidents have tried before without success. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", Schumer and Pelosi said. Charles E. Schumer of NY said in a statement.

"With the leadership of President Trump and Vice President Pence, we will work together to address our country's immigration crisis and issues surrounding it like DACA, sanctuary cities, chain migration and the flow of illegal drugs", Rokita said in the statement. "If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so", the Democratic leaders added.

Steve Barlock, a gubernatorial candidate and former Denver Trump Campaign Co-Chair, said however that Trump supporters need border security if they are going to support DACA recipients citizenship.

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