White House releases immigration wish list

Trump ties border wall to immigration reform

The Trump administration Sunday sent Congress a list of tough immigration reforms it would require to be included in any legislation that would allow immigrants brought into the United States illegally as children, known as Dreamers, to remain.

In this October 7, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington for a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on his way to Greensboro, N.C. The Trump administration sent an immigration policy wish-list to Congress that includes overhauling the country's green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border.

Trump last month abruptly announced plans to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program established by the Obama administration that shielded the young people from deportation and allowed them m to work on renewable two-year permits.

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. But at the time, and again in reaction to the White House demands Sunday, they said a border wall was a non-starter.

"My experience tells me we will not stop illegal immigration unless we end the pull factors that drive it", said Tom Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

First on the list is Trump's long-promised border wall.

Trump phased out the program last month and gave Congress six months to find an alternative bill to the policy.

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However, the next day White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that "excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to".

The principles also mentioned about a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to "sanctuary cities", the Washington Post reported citing a document distributed to Congress and obtained by the news outlet. In brief, Trump's proposal is a three-part plan that highlights border security, interior enforcement and merit-based immigration.

"This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", the legislators said in a joint statement.

But Democratic leaders nearly immediately denounced the demands. "We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures. but this list goes far beyond what is reasonable".

The group helped many Dreamers reapply for DACA status before the October 5 deadline and she said despite being optimistic during clinics to help people renew their status, there was an underlying sense of fear and uncertainty for the many Yakima residents who aren't sure what
their futures in America hold.

Democrats were hopeful that Trump would be willing to draft a narrow legislative deal to protect the Dreamers, however their hopes were dashed Sunday.

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