What does Trump want in exchange for letting DACA recipients stay?

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

And he hopes to prevent immigrants from sponsoring extended family members to move to the U.S., limiting such green cards to spouses and children, as well as to close "loopholes" that prevent the deportation of children who enter the country illegally. It includes the funding of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

In exchange, Trump would back legislation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which would give legal immigrant status to Dreamers, the approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants in DACA now residing in the country.

The list of hard-line immigration demands runs against the supposed tentative agreement that President Donald Trump reached with Democratic leaders.

Senior administration officials briefing reporters on the president's latest legislative policies declined to say how many miles of barrier he wants along the southern border, and how soon, nor how much they expect it would cost.

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.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme, set up in 2012 under President Barack Obama, is due to expire in March, casting doubt on the future of those protected.

Democrats met with Trump last month and were close to a deal to allow the people who were brought to the U.S as children to stay legally and work.

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Some of the policies Rep. King would like to add to the list are an end to birthright citizenship (something Trump called for on the campaign), making English as the official language and reforming the census so that illegal immigrants aren't counted.

The list centered around three main priorities, which the White House said are "to ensure safe and lawful admissions; defend the safety and security of our country; and protect American workers and taxpayers".

In a joint statement Sunday night, Pelosi and Schumer said Trump's list of proposals failed "to represent any attempt at compromise".

He also called for skills-based immigration criteria, expedited deportation procedures for kids fleeing violence in Central America and mandatory e-verify at all companies to keep those in the country illegally from getting jobs.

The problem, she said, "cannot be bandaged over at the presidential level through another executive order that can be rescinded by a subsequent administration".

Trump's White House so far has not been able to achieve a major legislative victory, casting doubt on the potential for a breakthrough on immigration reform, which Republican and Democratic presidents have tried before without success.

Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi, who received the immigration principles on Sunday, reacted with dismay. The president has previously said there could be no deal without those security reassurances.