Trump calls DACA deal by group of Senators a "big step backwards"

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

A 12-year pathway to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the children and who are here illegally is part of a bipartisan immigration proposal by senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers.

Several lawmakers expressed disappointment and disgust, with Republican Sen.

The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration.

However, the White House by Thursday essentially rejected the deal, arguing it didn't go far enough to curtail so-called "chain migration", which allows green card holders and USA citizens to petition to bring family members into the United States. Republicans want a bill that deals with these individuals and includes money for building the wall.

In 2012, the Obama era program was designed for foreigners, commonly known as Dreamers. Its proponents - led by Sens.

Earlier, the White House called the ruling "outrageous" hours after the move introduced a new complication to talks on immigration between the administration and Congress.

As lawmakers work to finalize the bill's details, GOP congressional leaders will be challenged to sway their Democrat colleagues.

This week members of Congress and President Donald Trump are trading demands for what it will take to continue the DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, program. "He goes ahead and makes these racist remarks, throwing fuel to the fire and making it very hard for anybody to be able to reach an agreement with him". Parents would qualify for three-year work permits, which could be renewed repeatedly. The money would fund a partial construction of a fence along the border, technology and the training and retention of border patrol agents.

The president added that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway.

And then later, when they were talking about the visa lottery, he was told that benefits largely people from African countries, that they benefit from this.

Stressing his preference for what he called "merit-based system of immigration", Trump said immigrants from a country such as Norway "would help take our country to the next level". Documents did not define what those terms mean.

There are roughly 700,000 DREAMers, named after the DREAM Act bill which would provide a road to permanent residency for unauthorized immigrants nationwide.

"I am honored to represent a diverse tapestry of immigrant communities - from El Salvador to Ethiopia, my constituents came from all over the world to pursue the American dream", the Aurora Republican said in a statement.

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