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White House offers hard-line immigration policies as trade for legalizing 'Dreamers'

White House offers hard-line immigration policies as trade for legalizing 'Dreamers'

Trump's list was criticised by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the respective Democratic leaders in the Senate and House.

The demands sent to lawmakers Sunday call for limiting family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of us citizens and lawful permanent residents.

The principles are meant as the framework for a legislative reworking of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme terminated in September by Trump.

Democrats have contested several demands presented in the administration list.

The White House aides indicated that they expect Congress to include the "principles" released Sunday in any package deal regarding the so-called Dreamers, the Washington Post reported.

In exchange for protecting hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants in the US, the administration said it wants funding for a border wall, a crackdown on Central American children and punishment for "sanctuary cities", the Washington Post reports.

About 690,000 recipients are now enrolled in the program, and their work permits are due to expire in March 2018. If there were any fears that Trump was caving in to Democrat demands on a DACA deal - and there were - this immigration plan will quickly dispel them.

The Trump administration announced last month he would move to end the DACA program that provided a temporary legal status for the young immigrants. "Dreamers" refers to people eligible for DACA protections; the nickname references the failed law that tried to allow them to stay in the US legally and seek citizenship.

Trump was recently slammed for failing to uphold a commitment he made last month involving the protection of around 800,000 illegal immigrants who entered the country as children. It is a dealing that would offer restrictions in line with just how much the border security measures the dreamers would ask from the government. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", and they say funding for the wall "was explicitly ruled out of negotiations". Democrats and some Republicans are not expected to support measures that include massive interior enforcement and cuts to legal immigration.

In order to qualify for Daca, applicants under the age of 30 submitted personal information to the Department of Homeland Security. The statement continues, quote, "if the president was serious about protecting the DREAMers, his staff has not made a good-faith effort to do so". All in all, the proposals "amount to a Christmas-in-October wish list for immigration hard-liners inside the White House", notes the New York Times.

Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement. The two Democratic leaders had previously agreed to an immigration deal with Trump that would offer DACA protections.

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