Trump's immigration agenda angers Democrats

Donald Trump's new list of immigration 'principles' has listed a border wall as a priority

After the Trump administration announced the repeal of the DACA program at the beginning of last month, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, have since met with the former businessman to compromise on a deal that would protect young immigrants known as Dreamers.

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.

Instead of finding a legislative solution to the situation of young people protected by DACA, the Democrats found the President's request for funding for his long-awaited border wall.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an Obama policy enacted in 2012 which seeks to protect about 800,000 beneficiaries who were brought to the USA illegally as children from deportation and allows them to apply for work permits.

A few weeks ago Donald Trump appeared to be siding with the Democrats on DACA, agreeing to pass the DREAM Act that would make that policy official without any serious demands like funding for the border wall.

DACA comprises of about 690,000 immigrants, however, each of their permits will be reaching expiration date effective March.

The list, which also includes preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families to move to the U.S., drew immediate fire from Democratic leaders in Congress, who said it goes "far beyond what is reasonable".

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

"Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end", Trump said in the letter.

President Donald Trump made immigration reform a centerpiece of his election campaign.

It should be remembered that Obama created DACA through an executive order when he could not get what he wanted from Congress. "We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures. but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable". Here's the president speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One at the time, casually referring to the Democratic leaders by their first names. The fundamental theme running throughout the plan is a renewed focus on the primary problem - closing illegal immigration loopholes.

The Dreamers themselves say they won't support any deal that targets their parents in exchange for their own protections. "This plan will work", Sessions said in a statement.

In a joint statement Sunday night, Pelosi and Schumer said Trump's list of proposals failed "to represent any attempt at compromise". With this, President Trump is moving towards fulfilling his electoral promise to choke immigration to protect jobs for the U.S. citizens.

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