Knoxville 'Dreamer' reacts to Trump's new immigration plan

White House to Release ‘Legislative Framework’ For Immigration Deal Week

Republican Trump has said protections for the young immigrants will end in March unless Congress passes a new law, but told reporters that he might extend the deadline if lawmakers can not reach an agreement by March 5 and that he thinks an immigration deal is possible.

"No one who supported President Trump or Republicans in general thought that a proposal like this would come from this White House", he said Friday on "Happening Now".

"The framework proposes solutions supported by both parties and the American people: securing our borders, providing long-term certainty for DACA-eligible youth, and making our immigration system more merit-based", he said.

Describing the plan as "extremely generous" but a take-it-or-leave-it proposal by the president, White House officials said they hoped it would be embraced by conservatives and centrists in Congress as the first step in an even broader effort to fix the nation's immigration system.

In exchange, the Republican president said he wanted to offer the Dreamers protection from deportation and an "incentive" of citizenship, perhaps in 10 to 12 years. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who has championed the cause of the Dreamers, said the plan put Trump's "entire hardline immigration agenda - including massive cuts to legal immigration - on the backs of these young people". But President Trump's designs for undocumented parents are not the only troubling aspect of this proposal.

"I don't consider myself to be on the far right".

"This statement represents presidential leadership on immigration that will allow us to solve a hard problem", he said.

The White House proposal would grant a pathway to citizenship not just for the 800,000 or so people now signed up for DACA but also for those who were eligible but did not sign up. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said it held Dreamers "hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme" and accused the Trump administration of a campaign "to make America white again".




Under the Trump framework, "young-adult illegal border crossers and visa overstayers would get immediate benefits", while American workers get "little or no relief from the competition of chain migration for 15 to 20 years", argues NumbersUSA.

However, it does not include the Obama-era DACA programme, which the Democrats had originally demanded funding. After President Trump's election, he unveiled a softer stance on immigration policy, claiming that he wanted to work with Congress to develop a program for Dreamers. The White House released a one-page proposal.

Arkansas United Community Coalition, an immigrant advocacy group, said the announcement provides some "long-overdue clarity". 'I'm especially glad it outlines a path to citizenship.

"The reason they have a compelling case for amnesty before all enforcement measures and in place and legal immigration curbed is that not only did they arrive here as minors but they voluntarily came forward and provided their information to the government", he wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Washington D.C [USA], Jan 25 (ANI): The White House on Wednesday announced it would send a legislative framework to the Congress to restart the negotiations on immigration issues by next Monday. This is a good starting point for Congress to get to work.

If the political tide is running as strongly in the Democrats' favor as they believe, this probably won't matter.

A visa lottery aimed at increasing diversity would also be eliminated.

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