Immigration demands linked to support for DACA

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"I don't speak for all the DREAMers but we're just very anxious", Fernanda Alonso, 18, told ThinkProgress at the time.

President Trump has given Congress a six month deadline to develop legislation to assist 'Dreamers, ' as the USA remains a homestead to over 10 million illegal immigrants.

Trump has moved to tense up border security through executive orders. "Amnesty is non-negotiable", Steve Bannon told 60 Minutes in his first interview since leaving the White House and returning to Breitbart. Trump has apparently gotten the message.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which has protected almost 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally since 2012.

The top immigration agenda items include funding a southern border wall and new limits on legal immigration to allow for only spouses and minor children to apply for permanent legal residency.

These proposals were swiftly rejected by leading Democrats, BBC reported. That may be the point.

This document makes it clear that at least someone in the White House is, to the contrary, asking for a whole lot.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), consisting of Congressional Democrats of Hispanic origin, decried the newly-unveiled immigration principles as "draconian and anti-immigrant".

The administration divided its proposals into three sections: border enforcement, enforcement within the United States, and merit-based immigration.

Thomas D. Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said a vast increase in the number of agents and other federal resources would allow for a crackdown on immigration violators that had been hard in the past.

The immigration overhaul would end so-called "chain migration" in the green card program by limiting who USA citizens can sponsor to only spouses and minor children. That is a fundamental shift from today's focus on family-based migration.

Trump also went after so-called sanctuary cities, calling for Congress to cut funding from states and cities that refuse to work with federal officials.

Trump last month appeared to reach at least the broad outlines of a DACA deal with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in which he would agree to extend DACA protections in exchange for a package of border security measures. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise.

So far the H1-B system has been functioning without any changes and the immigration service is processing applications at the same levels as before. If lawmakers can not agree on a deal by March, DREAMers will start losing the benefits granted by the program. Democrats are nearly certainly needed to pass a bill to clear the filibuster threshold of 60 votes in the Senate and to make up for Republicans in both chambers who may decline to vote for any path to citizenship or legalization for DACA recipients.

Trump's untenable demands call into question his commitment to helping Dreamers. In response, Gutierrez has been pushing with other Democrats for a quick up-or-down vote on legislation that would permanently provide legal status for those protected by the program, known as "dreamers".

A week later he asked if anyone really wants to throw out to "throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs".

Trump wants Congress to enact laws to circumvent court rulings against indefinite detention of criminals who can not be deported and allow the government to keep them in custody.

Trump 'has never wavered from his xenophobic positions, ' Gutierrez charged, linking immigration policy with a firestorm that erupted over Trump's comments following this summer's race riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.