Immigration demands linked to support for DACA

Sen. Bob Corker R-Tenn. talks to reporters on June 21

In return for supporting a plan allowing people brought to this country illegally as children to stay and work, Trump is requiring congressional funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbing federal grants to "sanctuary cities".

The requests included additional crackdowns on "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal immigrants; reducing the number of incoming refugees; 10,000 more Customs and Border Patrol agents; and new initiatives curbing the number of unaccompanied immigrants who come to the US illegally as children.

Sources familiar with the administration's thinking say Trump's new immigration wish list reflects the influence of top White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, Miller known for his nationalist views and hardline immigration approach.

Democrats quickly opposed the plan saying it goes against the deal they struck with the President to protect so-called "Dreamers", immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. "They discussed making a deal", Schneiderman said in an interview Sunday with John Catsimatidis on "The Cat's Roundtable" on AM 970 in NY. "Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which several and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end".

"This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", the legislators said in a joint statement.

The White House on Sunday announced a list of demands for any deal restoring some protections for DACA recipients that could tank a potential deal with Democrats.




The president gave Congress until March to come up with legislation to address the 800,000 dreamers in the country.

On Sunday the White House released a blueprint for a much broader immigration overhaul - much of which Trump wants passed as a condition of making DACA permanent. If they can't pass the more conservative version, Trump will then shift to supporting the more moderate one and hope to pass a bill with majority Democratic support and a handful of Republicans.

Last month he ended the Obama-era "Dreamer" programme which had protected some 690,000 immigrants.

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, suggested the Administration was being hypocritical: while stressing the importance of strong families, he said, it is working to implement policies that would split immigrant youth from their parents. "We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures. but this list goes far beyond what is reasonable".

The statement goes on to say the border wall had been explicitly ruled out of negotiations regarding DACA.

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