Trump open to path to citizenship for 'Dreamers'

Posted January 26, 2018

Immigration negotiators on Capitol Hill were listening closely Wednesday night when President Donald Trump opened the door to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

Instead, one senior White House official said it is "probably likely" that the two chambers will pass different bills and "end up in conference".

"If they do a great job, I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen", Trump said.

The plan outlines the Trump administration's wish list for a bill to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive amnesty act that protected roughly 790,000 illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children. But even as Trump's actions threatened almost 700,000 young immigrants with deportation when the program expires March 5, he has urged Congress to find a permanent solution that could allow them to live and work in the country legally.

Schumer was referring to an offer he made Trump last week to authorize upward of $20 billion for a border wall, a signature campaign pledge for the President, in exchange for protecting recipients of DACA, young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. -Canada border. He also will seek additional funds for immigration enforcement personnel and immigration judges.

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The fate of the Dreamers is at the center of a furious stalemate in Congress, where Republicans and Democrats are struggling to find a compromise.

Schumer said Tuesday that he'd pulled back an offer of $25 billion for Trump's border wall.

Trump campaigned for the presidency with nativist rhetoric that assailed the threat from outsiders, especially Mexicans and Muslims.

"DACA itself didn't have a pathway to citizenship", said Sen. They can rightly argue that the scare-mongering racist ads about murderers coming over the border have nothing to do with the dreamers; the ads do, however, have everything to do with the nasty strain of xenophobia Trump articulated in his "shithole" remarks.

The president has so far rejected bipartisan proposals that have been presented to him. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., called Trump's words "positive" and said Trump's description "gives us a better sense" of his views, but added, "We have a long way to go yet". But the proposal would also cover those undocumented immigrants who meet the DACA criteria but did not sign up and even more who would be newly eligible under the proposal's timeframe requirements - giving legal status and a pathway to citizenship to about 1.8 million people.

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Still, the significance of the President's comments wasn't entirely clear Wednesday.

After a three-day government shutdown, mixed messages from multiple White House meetings and an overall lack of clarity on what exactly Trump is demanding for an immigration deal, Senate Republicans are growing increasingly bullish that if they want to do something on immigration, they'll have to make the first move. Neither Kelly nor Miller accompanied the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

During the shutdown, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, lamented that negotiating with Trump was similar to negotiating with Jell-O because his positions could be so fluid.

One official quipped that an agreement on immigration between Sen.

Despite the President's pledge to the "Dreamers", his administration cracked down on Wednesday on so-called sanctuary cities. The Justice Department asked 23 jurisdictions across the country to furnish documents proving they had not kept information from federal immigration authorities.

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The White House presented the offer as a major concession aimed at attracting enough votes from Democrats. "But if it's within legalization of DACA, border security, and chain migration, and diversity visas, then I'd say they're doing what was kind of agreed to in a bicameral, bipartisan way on January 9".