Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

White House sends immigration policy demands to Congress

White House sends immigration policy demands to Congress

The plan was delivered to leaders in Congress on Sunday evening.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As of early September, there were nearly 690,000 active DACA recipients in the country. But the priorities released by the White House went far beyond that.

Trump also wants to dramatically ramp up the number of officials involved in enforcement, hiring an additional 10,000 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers and 1,000 attorneys, 370 immigration judges and 300 federal prosecutors.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-New Mexico) also slammed Trump's proposal and said his "draconian and anti-immigrant principles jeopardize the bi-partisan, bi-cameral progress that has been made to pass a legislative solution that will protect almost 800,000 Dreamers", according to Fox News.

The document calls for tighter standards for those seeking USA asylum, denial of federal grants to "sanctuary cities" that serve as refuges for illegal immigrants, and a requirement that employers use an electronic verification system known as "E-Verify" to keep illegal immigrants from securing jobs.

The demands include some policies that Democrats say are off the table, and thus could potentially derail ongoing negotiations over protecting young immigrants from deportation, many of whom were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Last year, on the campaign trail, Trump vowed repeatedly that Mexico would pay for the wall's construction. "And I can tell you who is going to win".

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She also sparked outrage in August when she said , of President Trump, "I just hope he has the ability to learn and to change, and if he does, he can be a good president".

However, the next day White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that "excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to".

"Funding for the wall is a priority for the administration".

"The goal of the merit-based system that awards green cards based on factors like education, employability and English language proficiency is to promote assimilation and financial success", the White House said.

The Trump administration has sent an immigration policy wish-list to Congress that could threaten to derail efforts to allow young undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the United States. Schumer and Pelosi say efforts toward a deal are off to a bad start. Now, he's insisting on things like more limits on legal immigration and removing protections for unaccompanied minor immigrants.

After an enormous outcry, Trump undermined his AG, as he is wont to do, and met with Democratic leaders to discuss a possible deal to protect the "Dreamers".

"With the leadership of President Trump and Vice President Pence, we will work together to address our country's immigration crisis and issues surrounding it like DACA, sanctuary cities, chain migration and the flow of illegal drugs", Rokita said in the statement.

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