Trump immigration plan demands tough concessions

Trump says he'll propose a path to citizenship for 'Dreamers,' along with immigration limits border wall

President Trump speaks at the White House on Wednesday

Trump's so-called "base" - the hardline right-wingers who vehemently oppose what they call "amnesty" in immigration policy - have rallied against the plan's accommodations to Dreamers.

The president's legislative proposal is created to exert maximum pressure on Democrats, who are desperate to protect the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, but who fiercely oppose the policies embraced by hard-liners.

The White House released a framework for its immigration plan on Thursday.

The White House will propose an immigration plan that provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, in exchange for a total of $25 billion in funding to construct and secure a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Trump would also ban current USA residents and green card holders from bringing in family members other than spouses and minor children, and dump a diversity visa lottery system.

Fresco said there was a "miscalculation" by those on the right that Democrats would swallow changes to the legal migration system in this deal because they had passed previously in broader, comprehensive negotiations.

The plan still allows roughly as many foreigners to legally move to America every year as there are Americans in the state of Wyoming.

"The president's framework is generous and humane, while also being responsible".

The package was immediately panned by pro-immigration groups, which said the plan was a bad trade-off.

The White House is sending an outline of the deal to the U.S. Senate and is asking for a vote within the next two weeks.

"If you start putting in all of these highly charged toxic issues, it's just not going to work", said Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida. "They hope that if it can pass the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority, it will put pressure on the House-where attempts at immigration overhauls have died in recent years-to pass the legislation as well".

So President Trump showed his hand on immigration last night. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected the proposal on Friday, saying it "flies in the face of what most Americans believe". And for some Democrats the window of bipartisan outreach seems to have closed. And that's an important term because it's not just a wall - and many other elements of border security and immigration enforcement.

And now to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are looking over a new immigration proposal. For the young adults to be used as bargaining chips in a deal that would make the lives of others even more hard is abhorrent, he said.

The White House would limit US citizen sponsorship to spouses and minor children allowed to enter the USA, eliminating the long-standing practice of sponsoring extended families - parents, adult children, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Kevin Appleby, senior director of global migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies in NY, said the White House proposal goes against Catholic values because it harms the family and goes against Church teaching that calls on Christians to welcome the stranger. And he would beef up the Border Patrol against what he calls "increased illegal immigration". That caused a frustrated Schumer to remark that working with Trump is "like negotiating with Jell-O".

The bottom line: Here again, Dreamers are pawns in a larger game, the nativists' efforts to gut legal immigration.

And a Democratic lawmaker who has been a forceful advocate for the cause of those enrolled in DACA suggested that meeting the White House's demands would come at too high a price.

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