President Donald Trump has once again come to the bargaining table in the hopes of pushing forward his administration’s agenda on immigration reform, offering Democrats an expanded path to citizenship for 1.8 million young illegal immigrants in exchange for halting programs that allow chain migration, authorizing funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and enhancing border security.
The White House proposal more than doubles the number of young illegal immigrants who would be shielded from deportation under the Democrats’ initial proposals, a move which officials described as a strong incentive to secure votes from the other side of the aisle.
“The argument is by some people in Congress is that there is another 690,000 roughly that never got around to registering [for DACA] but fall into the general category, age, and all the rest of it,” a senior administration official told Breitbart News. “Those combined come to 1.8 million.”
Under the proposed rules, Dreamers would be placed in a 10-12 year period that would see them ultimately obtain citizenship if they adhere to general principles of good behavior and comply with work and education requirements.
On the other side, Trump’s plan includes a $25 billion “trust fund” for a border “wall system” that would enhance security on both the southern and northern borders, likely as part of an effort to crack down on known drug smuggling and human trafficking routes.
In addition, chain migration would be severely gutted by limiting family immigration sponsorships to only spouses and children, as opposed to allowing extended family member sponsorships as the current law does. Those rules would apply to all immigrants.
“It will never, ever, ever work unless it’s universal. It’s a global change to the U.S. immigration system,” the official said.