President Trump's Immigration Wishlist Could Kill a Deal to Help the Dreamers


Trump called for the creation of new points based systems in the delivery of green cards that legally guarantee permanent resident status.

First on the list is Trump's long-promised border wall.

Former president Barack Obama protected dreamers under his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided for what amounted to renewable two-year licenses to live and work in the U.S.

The document was presented to members of Congress on Sunday night, and according to Reuters - who had access to the document containing the president's list of requirements - the "principles" for immigration proposed by Trump were "unsatisfactory for the Democrats". Many Democrats want to attach the Dream Act to that must-pass budget package.

In exchange for protecting hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants in the USA, 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.

Around 690,000 immigrants are enrolled in the DACA program.

Trump phased out the program last month and gave Congress six months to find an alternative bill to the policy.

In early September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA was being rescinded, which meant that about 800,000 immigrants who entered the country as minors and had stayed on-and who, at this point, knew no other life-would lose their ability to work legally in the USA and, in some cases, have their driver's licenses revoked.

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Donald Trump has proposed a merit-based immigration system that could benefit highly- skilled Indian workers but prevents them from sponsoring their extended families, as part-of an aggressive plan which the USA president said will serve national interest.

The White House also wants Congress to mandate the use of E-Verify by employers to check the immigration status of prospective workers.

A three-pronged proposal lists initiatives under three broad categories - border security, interior enforcement and merit-based immigration series.

Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate were quick to condemn the list. "If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so", the Democratic leaders said in the statement.

Schumer and Pelosi's frustrated response was about right, but when Rep. Gutierrez added his voice, he took the criticism to a maddening, fever pitch level. Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement, "The proposal fails to represent any attempt at a compromise".

Mayor Emanuel said The President ought to stick with the deal he struck with Democrats and not change things now.

Trump's immigration reform blueprint includes money for a border wall and more border patrol agents, and new enforcement measures to limit the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.