White House sends immigration policy demands to Congress

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The demands have left pro-immigration activists alarmed.

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

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 president ended the DACA policy in September but delayed the enforcement of his decision by six months, providing a window for Congress to pass legislation to legalize the program. "The wall will come later", Trump told reporters at the time.

Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who a month ago had expressed confidence that they had a tentative agreement with the president on a legislative replacement for DACA, blasted Trump's list.

He says border security money would go to replacing fencing, adding surveillance technology like drones, and fixing flood control retaining walls.

DAPA, which was struck down by the Fifth Circuit and that decision was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, was rescinded nearly immediately after President Trump took office.

"It is immoral for the President to use the lives of these young people as bargaining chips in his quest to impose his cruel, anti-immigrant and un-American agenda on our nation", Grisham said.

"Depends on whether they're serious or just positioning", the staffer said.

Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, said the asylum system has served as a magnet for illegal immigration, contains too many loopholes and is in desperate need of reform. Among other things, the list includes tougher border security measures, improved immigration enforcement, and a provision to raise more challenges ahead of illegal immigration by minors without adults accompanying them. White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway on Fox & Friends.

The administration proposes establishing a merit-based immigration system that protects United States workers and taxpayers, and ending chain migration, to promote financial success and assimilation for newcomers, he said. "What's fair to the American community?" she said. "Demanding a crackdown on children fleeing abject violence and funding for an ill-conceived border wall is beyond unreasonable".

Trump's ascension to power has seen a sharp decrease in the number of those immigrants that were making attempts to enter the country illegally across the Mexican border. But the new list from the president seems likely to spark objections from those with whom Trump has been negotiating. Members of the NY congressional delegation, along with Pelosi and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, also called on the GOP to sign a discharge petition that would bring a clean DREAM Act to the House floor for a vote.