Trump immigration plan demands tough concessions from Democrats


The framework provided a pathway to citizenship for almost 1.8 million immigrants that are either enrolled in or otherwise qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Trump's proposal includes billions for border security and significant changes to legal immigration long sought by hardliners within the Republican Party. But Democrats were not pleased with the proposed deal, setting up another high-stakes showdown as the government lurches toward another potential shutdown early next month.

In its just-released framework on immigration, the White House dangles the possibility of legal status for 1.8 million current and future Dreamers - a seemingly risky proposition for the President given the screams of "amnesty" from his base.

Codification of the DACA program has been central to Democrats' list of priorities during the previous government shutdown fight. "The White House came forward with an amnesty deal, and quite frankly, I'm disappointed that a promise was not kept".

Describing the plan as "extremely generous" but a take-it-or-leave-it proposal by the president, White House officials said they hoped it would be embraced by conservatives and centrists in Congress as the first step in an even broader effort to fix the nation's immigration system. In exchange, the president wants an end to so-called chain migration, the elimination of the diversity lottery, and $25 billion to build his "big lovely wall" on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez of IL likened the trade-off to a "ransom".

Trump tapped into that anxiety to win the election, pledging to build a wall along the southern border and make Mexico pay for it. I mean, Nancy Pelosi, who's usually very respectful of the presidency, put out a statement saying these latest plans from the White House are part of their plan to make America white again. He said even though he is focused on his own congressional race, he wants to help Democrats take back the Senate. We would like for Congress to respect these individuals and not tie their fate to building an ineffective border wall at a huge taxpayer expense. Trump also wants to limit the family members that immigrants are able to sponsor to join them in the US and either replace or transform a visa lottery aimed at increasing diversity.

No such luck. The White House isn't offering what the Democrats were looking for. And they want tougher crackdowns on legal immigration - specifically on family-based immigration policies and a visa lottery program that gives slots to 50,000 people a year to come into the country.

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. Immigration hawks argue that the influx drives down native-born Americans' wages and strains public resources. "None", Schatz said Thursday.

We are not enthusiastic about the larger amnesty, which is a significant political concession and will present a real administrative challenge to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

A key Republican in Senate immigration talks who supports the President's framework isn't quite sure yet if the proposal could pass the Senate - but he says it's at least time to try.

One of the House's most vocal immigration hawks, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted that the deal "negotiates away American Sovereignty".