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Here's What Trump Wants in an Immigration Bill

Trump wants Congress to put $25 billion in a "trust fund" to pay for a "border wall system" along the U.S.-Mexico border

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    Trump Considering Having DACA 'Morph' Into Citizenship

    President Donald Trump told reporters he was open to having DACA "morph" into citizenship for immigrants bought to America as children. The plan proposed by Trump could take "10 or 12" years, and it may be dependent on the person's educational and working track record. (Published Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018)

    The White House unveiled its proposed immigration legislation framework Thursday — a list of major and minor overhauls officials say the president will require from any bill protecting young immigrants known as "Dreamers."

    Here's what the White House has proposed:

    YOUNG IMMIGRANTS
    The plan would provide an eventual path to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million individuals currently living illegally in the country.

    That includes the nearly 700,000 immigrants who received protection from deportation and work permits under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Trump canceled the program last year, but gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

    White House Says Trump Wants to Lead on Immigration

    [NATL] White House Says Trump Wants to Lead on Immigration

    Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday the White House encourages the Senate to bring an immigration bill to the floor that includes specifics on border security and limiting "chained migration." She added that President Donald Trump intends to lead on the issue.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018)

    Others, including individuals who were eligible for DACA but didn't apply, would be covered.

    The path to citizenship would take 10 to 12 years and would include requirements for work, education and "good moral character." Status could be revoked if immigrants commit crimes or raise national security concerns.

    Parents of immigrants would not receive any legal status.

    BORDER SECURITY AND ENFORCEMENT
    Trump wants Congress to put $25 billion in a "trust fund" to pay for a "border wall system" along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as security enhancements on the border with Canada.

    The plan calls for unspecified funds to hire new immigration enforcement officers, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, immigration judges and prosecutors.

    And it calls for an end of "catch-and-release," "closing legal loopholes that have eroded our ability to secure the immigration system and protect public safety," deterring "visa overstays with expedited removal" and instituting "immigration court reforms to improve efficiency and prevent fraud and abuse."

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    The Office of Management and Budget director is calling it the "Schumer Shutdown" and blaming the deadlock on Democrats insistent on immediate immigration reform as the deadline for Congress to pass a new budget bill looms. Mick Mulvaney says some federal agencies will still be open, though workers will be expected to work without pay,

    (Published Friday, Jan. 19, 2018)

    Those measures are broad, but, immigration activists fear, could amount to the build-up of a "deportation force" and new restrictions to due process.

    RESTRICTING LEGAL IMMIGRATION
    Immigrants would no longer be able to sponsor their parents, siblings or adult children to join them in the U.S. Sponsorship would be limited to spouses and minor children, dramatically limiting immigration categories.

    Those currently in the pipeline would still be processed.

    ENDING THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY
    A visa lottery aimed at increasing diversity would be eliminated. The visas they would have received will be used to clear other backlogs.