Trump offers citizenship plan for young immigrants

Jan 27, 2018, 19:18
Trump offers citizenship plan for young immigrants

Under President Trump's proposal, it would take approximately 10-12 years for illegal immigrants granted amnesty to receive citizenship.

The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute said the proposed cuts to legal immigration could amount to an annual decrease of at least 288,000 green cards - 36 percent of the total number issued to family members of us citizens and legal permanent residents. On Wednesday, Trump said he was open to a pathway to citizenship for the younger immigrants. Indeed, thanks to decades-long backlogs in various family-based categories, there is less chain migration to the United States now than when Trump's grandfather came.

In what may end up being the most contentious piece of the proposal, the White House is also defining as border security closing "legal loopholes" that will allow it to deport more immigrants - which would likely include changes in immigration enforcement authority that would be virtually impossible for Democrats to swallow. It is a ransom demand from an administration that has taken the DREAMers hostage as leverage for hateful immigration policy.

US President Donald Trump, who has come into power with the alleged anti-immigrant slogan, has surprisingly proposed a legislation that could provide citizenship for almost 1.8 million undocumented immigrants.

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Ohio's U.S. Senators - Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman - are still reviewing Trump's proposal. "I'm negotiating with someone - I'm not going to say he got badly beaten".

Trump, who was heading back from Davos, undermined any illusions of bipartisanship by taunting Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Twitter. That change would annually cut at least 287,700 green cards signifying legal permanent US resident status, according to the Migration Policy Institute think tank.

"He is pushing for a fair system", Knight said. 'I'm especially glad it outlines a path to citizenship.

Democrats, meanwhile, criticized such proposals as funding for the border wall and the limitation of family sponsorships to immediate family members.

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White House officials made clear that a deal could not only address DACA and the border wall but must also end a visa lottery program for certain countries and limit family sponsorship of immigrants to spouses and minor children - ending sponsorship for parents, older children and siblings.

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And it calls for an end of "catch-and-release", "closing legal loopholes that have eroded our ability to secure the immigration system and protect public safety", deterring "visa overstays with expedited removal" and instituting "immigration court reforms to improve efficiency and prevent fraud and abuse".

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote in the National Review that if Trump's framework becomes law it "will fatally demoralize Republican voters in November". "This will not work", the two said in a statement. "I am confident that we will get the reform that we need, and won't plant the seeds for problems with immigration in the future".

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"These are people that have very strong opinions on DACA and on immigration generally, and I happen to think they're largely right", Trump told host Joe Kernen.

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