Senate candidate says White House immigration plan would amount to 'amnesty'

Laura Christensen
January 27, 2018

The White House has released a list of requirements for immigration legislation that it said President Donald Trump would support, offering a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young illegal immigrants while tightening border security and clamping down on family sponsorship of immigrants.

"The White House unfortunately has proven unreliable and wildly unpredictable", Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor.

But the White House announced a "Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security" on Thursday and told reporters in a preview on Wednesday: 'We're going to morph into it.

So President Trump showed his hand on immigration last night. "But it also will prevent us from ending up back here in five years by securing the border and putting an end to extended-family chain migration", Cotton said in a written statement. These include $25 billion in funding for a border wall and other border security measures, and slashing two forms of legal immigration to the U.S.

Evangelicals leaders are celebrating Donald Trump's announcement of a "pathway" that could allow hundreds of thousands of people, brought into the USA illegally as children, to apply for citizenship.

I am not personally invested in the fate of the Dreamers, but I think it is the right thing to provide them with legal protection and a path to citizenship.

"This is no longer a DACA fix, this is a mass amnesty bill full stop", Federation for American Immigration Reform government relations director RJ Hauman told The Daily Caller.

Senate candidate says White House immigration plan would amount to 'amnesty'

The move comes as the White House prepares to unveil its new immigration framework Monday, one that offers a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million undocumented "Dreamers" who were brought to the country as children.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) of New Mexico, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the White House was using DACA recipients "as bargaining chips for sweeping anti-immigrant policies".

However, it does not include the Obama-era DACA programme, which the Democrats had originally demanded funding.

"It's a welcome response to know the White House is at least talking about the issue and talking about it openly", Espinosa said. But any amnesty, especially one this large, is a break from what has been a fundamental principle of immigration hawks: Establish a functioning system of enforcement before any amnesty potentially draws more illegal immigrants here by sending the message that they might be able to stay.

Anti-immigration activists also assailed the plan, though for the opposite reason. Brown spokeswoman Jenny Donohue said her boss "is encouraged that bipartisan negotiations are continuing, and he looks forward to reviewing all the details". "I said, 'We'll take it, '" Schumer added. Ted Cruz. "Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us". It's insulting. We already have a bipartisan solution to the Trump-created crisis: it's called the Dream Act.

"Chain migration, visa lotteries that don't work, a lot of these situations have to be remedied before we can solve the problem because otherwise the problem's just gonna materialize again", Davidiuk said.

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