White House releases long list of demands for DACA fix

White House releases long list of demands for DACA fix

The Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration principles October 8, which could threaten to derail a deal in Congress to protect "dreamers" from deportation.

It includes popular proposals and key campaign promises such as further crackdowns on "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal immigrants, reducing the number of refugees and the number of unaccompanied immigrants who come to the US illegally as children.

The White House's list of immigration priorities to Congressional leaders Sunday aims quite high. "They have asked for secure borders and an immigration system that serves the national interest", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that it shows Trump "can't be serious" about reaching a deal if they start with proposals that are "anathema" to immigrants and Democrats.

Last month, Mr Trump told Congress, which is dominated by his Republican party, it had six months to agree new legislation to help the Dreamers.

President Trump also wants legislation that would block so-called sanctuary cities from getting federal grants or entering cooperative agreements with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The administration no longer is accepting new applications, and Thursday was the deadline for applying for a renewal.

Former President Barack Obama issued a presidential order allowing the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S. and to work. In addition to a border wall, it includes demands for measures to stop unaccompanied minors who have streamed across the border by the tens of thousands since 2014.

"Many Americans would be surprised to know that being released into the interior of the country as an illegal immigrant is as simple as filing for an asylum petition", Vitiello said. It calls for expanding the grounds that a foreigner is deemed inadmissible to the United States.

The chair of the Congressional Hispanic Causus, Michelle Lujan Grisham, also criticized the list, saying in a statement that it was "immoral for the President to use the lives of these young people as bargaining chips in his quest to impost his cruel, anti-immigrant and un-American agenda on our nation".

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, pledged to work with the administration to enact the reforms.

"Immigrants are humans; we should craft policies that threat them as such".

The list released by the administration, however, would represent a major tightening of immigration laws.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in October before leaving the White House.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the president's "draconian and anti-immigrant principles" threatened to jeopardize "the bi-partisan, bi-cameral progress that has been made to pass a legislative solution that will protect almost 800,000 Dreamers". "They live up to the president's campaign commitment to have an immigration system that puts the needs of hardworking Americans first".

Two White House officials said the administration sees its immigration principles - which Trump was not deeply involved in writing; they were crafted by domestic policy adviser Stephen Miller - as an opening bid for an eventual DACA deal that may look dramatically different from the demands laid out Sunday evening.