Blumenthal, Connecticut 'Dreamers' Slam Trump's Immigration Plan


Blumenthal, Connecticut 'Dreamers' Slam Trump's Immigration Plan

NPR's congressional correspondent Scott Detrow is closely following the immigration debate.


KELLY: Before we get to the criticism, let's lay out what is being criticized - quick recap of what the White House is proposing.

The enforcement component is fine, as far as it goes – theres no E-Verify, but the White House decided months ago not to push that, thinking it would be a bridge too far for Democrats, since it impacts illegals who are already here.

Trump, whose tough immigration stance was a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign, said in September he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program for Dreamers that was created by Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Another 400,000 are people who'd be eligible for DACA protection but for their education.

In addition to the citizenship path that would take up to 12 years, the White House framework includes a $25 billion "trust fund" for a border wall and additional security upgrades on the southwestern and northern USA borders.

"When I see people saying that they should not have chain migration, I call that family reunification".

It would also end a visa lottery aimed at diversity, which drew Trump's attention after the New York City truck attack previous year, redirecting the allotment to bringing down the existing backlog in visa applications. Start with Democrats. How - what's the reaction been there?

On Thursday, Trump offered a solution the White House is framing as a "dramatic concession" and "compromise".

DETROW: Thanks for having me.

Far-right members of Congress don't like Trump's plan any more than immigration advocates do.

That's why many Democratic progressives, in particular, feel betrayed by their own leaders' reluctance to fight it out, even if it means a long government shutdown. Trump has framed the proposals as an attempt to prioritize immigrants with specific skills rather than family connections.

"Any politician who backs up this ransom note is enabling Trump and Miller's white supremacist agenda". After everything that Trump has done and said about Muslims, immigrants and people of color, Trump and his administration have finally found a way to make their anti-immigrant and nativist wish list come to fruition.

A proposal from the White House to grant a path to citizenship for almost 2 million so-called Dreamers is a "smack in the face" to legal immigrants, Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell argued. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn of Texas and David Perdue of Georgia and Rep. He said that in Mexico, at least, no one brought up the President's recent "shithole countries" remarks.

Pelosi said the word "alien" - the term used in the United States Code to describe non-Americans - is "their word" and that the Trump administration should, instead, "embrace it". McConnell's been trying to negotiate this as Trump has shifted from position to position. But here's what's important. What about on the House? "In contrast, the House has been working on rational, coherent policy in the form of the Goodlatte bill, which fully anticipates the unintended consequences that amnesty will certainly bring and deals with them in a rational manner".

DETROW:.Just like they are in the Senate. Immigration reform is complicated and deserves to be taken up with hearings and under normal order in both houses. And there's a lot of skepticism, especially from the Freedom Caucus part of the world, who view any sort of path to citizenship as amnesty.

One senior official said the young immigrants would not be targeted, but are "illegal immigrants" who would be processed for deportation if they came into contact with immigration officers.



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