Trump, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer met last month and surprised reporters and members of their own parties by saying they had made progress on an agreement to protect DREAMers from deportation.
A Democratic aide familiar with the process told TIME on Monday that numerous principles outlined by the White House could face opposition from lawmakers both sides of the aisle.
What the president is offering (basically) is to maintain former President Barack Obama's executive order for minors brought into the country illegally by illegal immigrant family members in exchange for things such as a wall on the US southern border and the denial of federal grant money to "sanctuary cities".
Employing 10,000 additional immigrations and customs enforcement officers and 1,000 attorneys for the agency.
Democrats immediately rejected the administration's priorities as "far beyond what is reasonable", setting up a likely showdown in the Congress as lawmakers are set to begin negotiations about Dreamers, the hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the country illegally as children. Sunday night, the White House released principles that would boost immigration enforcement at the southern border and would limit new legal arrivals, demanding a steep price for helping so-called Dreamers.
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Instead, the White House list includes longstanding demands of the Republican Party's immigration hardliners, including expediting removals of unaccompanied children arriving at the border; tightening standards for people allowed to seek asylum in the us; barring immigrants who have been convicted of a range of crimes, including drunk driving; and barring federal grants to so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not turn over illegal immigrants to federal authorities.
The document calls for preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families in moving legally to the USA and limiting such green cards to spouses and children.
"Many Americans would be surprised to know that being released into the interior of the country as an illegal immigrant is as simple as filing for an asylum petition", Vitiello said.
Although, Trump's team didn't reveal how much legal immigration would be reduced under the plan, the impact would clearly be significant, according to Los Angeles Times. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", Pelosi and Schumer added. Some were quick to say though that the hardline demands shouldn't be seen as Trump's views, but rather those of a small part of his administration. They fulfill the president's promise to advance immigration reform that puts the need of American workers first.