The White House sent Congress an outline for a deal on immigration Thursday that includes protection of children of undocumented immigrants in exchange greater border security and other immigration restrictions. The deal also was panned by both pro-immigration groups, who called the proposal a bad trade-off, and conservative groups, who criticized the expansion of "amnesty" for illegal immigrants.
Reactions to the plan varied from hopefulness to fierce opposition.
The White House, which expressed confidence the deal could get 60 votes in the Senate and earn similar bipartisan agreement in the House of Representatives, said it will unveil the full plan on Monday.
The White House said that the status could be subject to revocation if "Dreamers" don't seek or have employment and education, and have committed crimes. While there are certainly aspects of this proposal either party may disagree on, there is also much they can celebrate. Let us accomplish a bold and lasting solution for childhood arrivals, and yes, let us deliver enhanced border security too.
The declaration, which the president made to reporters at the White House, goes further than the White House had been willing to go. Trump tweeted. Critics said the Trump framework was not helpful to the bipartisan Senate negotiations on an immigration deal.
"NumbersUSA mobilized our huge grassroots army to defeat the 2007 amnesty, and we will do the same if this plan is proposed next week", he said in a statement Thursday night. "And so I respectfully and strongly disagree with the White House's framework for immigration that they put out". For example, Ted Cruz says he's opposed. Even before Trump rescinded DACA, Dreamers were being deported, and now, with each passing day, 122 DACA recipients lose their status, according to The Center for American Progress.
In a Friday morning appearance on FoxNews, Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said he "has some concerns" about the focus of Trump's proposal. The plan calls for a reallocation of the green card lottery visas to help expedite processing, but immigration skeptics warn that it could be a decade or more before the backlog is cleared.
Bahena, protected by the previous administration's deferred action that is set to expire on March 5 absent a fix by Congress, graduated from San Diego State University and aspires to be a nurse. And 100,000 more are people who are under age 15 - the minimum age allowed for most people requesting protection under the program. DACA has provided relief for deportation for about 800,000 people.
- Agree to spend more money to hire border guards, immigration judges and other law enforcement personnel, and overhaul the hiring system and pay grades. An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are in the United States, but congressional efforts to enact a comprehensive measure have failed. That change would annually cut at least 287,700 green cards signifying legal permanent USA resident status, according to the Migration Policy Institute think tank.
The proposal also establishes, in writing, that the "Dreamers" will be eligible for citizenship, not just legal residency. It specified the resolution was not to be interpreted as supporting amnesty.
Chain migration worked to America's advantage then, and it does so now. So we're talking about 1.8 million people here.
Sponsorship would be limited to spouses and minor children, dramatically limiting immigration categories.