Any immigration deal needs at least 60 Senate votes. If there were any fears that Trump was caving in to Democrat demands on a DACA deal - and there were - this immigration plan will quickly dispel them.
As the new DACA legislation poses to be a herculean task for the Congress owing to the Democrats uncompromising stand of a clean bill without any attachments, President Trump has accused the opposition parry leaders of being retrogressive and unconcerned about the nation's weak borders. Many are policies Democrats have explicitly said are off the table.
The White House sent a long list of demands for immigration legislation to Capitol Hill on Sunday, including building a border wall, hiring thousands of border guards and expanding the use of electronic employment verification systems.
And he hopes to prevent immigrants from sponsoring extended family members to move to the USA, limiting green cards to spouses and children. All in all, the proposals "amount to a Christmas-in-October wish list for immigration hard-liners inside the White House", notes the New York Times. This plan will work. "If followed it will produce an immigration system with integrity and one in which we can take pride".
Trump has given Congress six months to find a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In exchange, Trump would back legislation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which would give legal immigrant status to Dreamers, the approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants in DACA now residing in the country. They had been given a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country under President Barack Obama. To control green cards, to block chain migration, and to block the illegal mining of minors in the name of dreamers. But that was scrapped last month by the Trump administration.
A number of Democratic leaders have proceeded to denounce the forwarded demands. As NPR's Geoff Bennett reports, Trump's new list seems to conflict with the tentative deal that he made with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long-time advocate for lawful immigration policies, has publicly applauded President Trump's recent proposal. "We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures. but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable".
"This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", the legislators said in a joint statement.
It would also expand the list of "inadmissible aliens" to include members of gangs, those who have been convicted of an aggravated felony, and former spouses and children of drug and human traffickers if they receive benefits from such behavior.