Donald Trump plans to offer citizenship to 1.8 million immigrants

Hundreds of people demonstrate against racism in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15 2018 in New York City

One certain bargaining chip, Trump said, will be congressional funding for border security, including a wall along the us southern border.

On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, echoed that view. Democrats dislike those ideas, but believe they could strike a deal for a smaller amount of funding.

Officials said the legislation would pave the way to citizenship not only for the 690,000 people who had signed up for protection under an Obama-era programme known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), but also for another 1.1 million unauthorised immigrants who would have qualified but never applied.

Brian Kemp, a leading Republican candidate for Georgia governor, said Republicans must use their Washington monopoly to end DACA, which he characterized as an "open the borders" philosophy.

This week's release of a new White House immigration overhaul plan brought Democrats, Republicans, immigration advocates, immigration opponents and moderates searching for a compromise together on one thing: strong opposition.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez of IL likened the trade-off to a "ransom".

He added that the wall would not cost US$25 billion.

Chain migration, a popular term among conservatives, is considered a misnomer by immigration activists. It will not do what Trump says, and it will cut workable security programs.

Groups that oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States also voiced criticism, and urged Congress to take its time. The Trump administration proposed a bill earlier this month offering citizenship to 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall.

The White House proposal would grant a pathway to citizenship not just for the 800,000 or so people now signed up for DACA but also for those who were eligible but did not sign up.

Thursday's proposal said that to "protect the nuclear family", family immigration would be only permitted for spouses and minor children.

Trump's framework was quickly slammed by Democrats as a non-starter.

Our immigration policy should be guided by our morals and values around family unity and diversity, not by xenophobia and anti-family sentiments.

Roger Wicker. McDaniel likened the Trump proposal to the "amnesty" granted in 1986 immigration overhaul backed by President Ronald Reagan.

"While it includes a number of tough immigration enforcement provisions, it includes an amnesty that is more than twice the size of the DACA population", said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors restrictions.

Mr. Trump set off the current clash in September of previous year when he canceled an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

"Personal opinion on limited details of immigration proposal: @realDonaldTrump should be applauded for supporting an earned path to citizenship for Dreamers, including both DACA recipients & those who meet qualifications for DACA but didn't apply".

At the same time, many hardline conservative Republicans on immigration applauded the framework.

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