By Samuel Chamberlain. The White House Thursday released an immigration plan that would offer a path to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million of the so-called “Dreamers,” along with a $25 billion investment in border security — including for President Trump’s long-promised wall.
The White House was expected to provide more details of the president’s proposal early next week. But the proposal represents a reversal for Trump and could provoke resistance among his conservative allies.
In September, Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which currently covers roughly 690,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
“We’re not looking at citizenship,” Trump told reporters at the time. “We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here.”
On Wednesday, however, Trump said he was open to a pathway to citizenship for younger immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. (Read more from “DISASTER: Trump’s Amnesty Bid Triple Obama’s” HERE)
Trump’s Immigration Plans Include Doubling DACA, Path to Citizenship, $25 Billion Wall
By Jennifer Epstein. President Donald Trump will support a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children, doubling the number of people covered by current protections from deportation, White House officials said Thursday.
As part of any deal, Trump also wants Congress to provide a $25 billion trust fund to pay for a southern border wall and enhanced security at ports of entry as well as improvements along the U.S.-Canada border. He also will seek additional funds for immigration enforcement personnel and immigration judges.
The requests, detailed in what the White House is calling a “legislative framework” that is being delivered to Congress, also include limiting family-based immigration to nuclear families — spouses and children only — and ending the visa lottery system put into place more than two decades ago. Three White House officials previewed the framework on the condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement . . .
Senate Republicans generally applauded White House on releasing the president’s framework, including hardliners like Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Perdue endorsed the plan in a statement that said, “We all want a good deal, and here it is.” (Read more from “Trump’s Immigration Plans Include Doubling DACA, Path to Citizenship, $25 Billion Wall” HERE)