President Donald Trump’s immigration plan set to be unveiled next week combines key requests from Democrats and hardline conservatives, according to details that emerged Thursday.
The outlines of the plan, set to be released Monday, was shared with House Republicans on a conference call. Multiple reports from the conference call delved into the framework of the proposed deal.
The proposal’s key tenets include a codification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, which protects from deportation nearly 800,000 unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the US as minors. The plan would give these recipients, as well as immigrants who qualify but do not participate in the program, a pathway to citizenship.
DACA codification has been a central demand from Democrats for any immigration deal, since the program is set to expire on March 5. Trump announced in September that he would end the program, but gave Congress six months to settle the issue through legislation.
But in a nod to the most conservative immigration hawks in the Republican Party, the plan proposes changes to legal immigration programs, as well as $25 billion in funding for a wall along the Mexican border.
The major aspects of the deal include:
A pathway to citizenship for roughly 1.8 million DACA recipients or potential DACA recipients.
$25 billion in funding for Trump’s long-promised wall along the US border with Mexico.
A curtailing of “chain migration,” officially known as the family reunification policy of the immigration system. The new plan would allow immigrants to sponsor their immediate families but not other family members.
Termination of the visa lottery program.
Faster deportation for immigrants not from countries bordering the US.
Many conservatives feel there should be no amnesty, because illegal aliens, allowed to flood the nation by the corrupt Obama regime, almost always vote Democrat so they can get more welfare.
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January 25th, 2018