President Donald Trump implied to create a path to citizenship for the 700,000 young people.
He told reporters, “We’re going to morph into it. It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years.”
Trump implied the Dreamers, the recipients of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of after a period of years being able to become a citizen,” he said.
Sources report, Trump wants $25 billion in funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and an additional $5 billion for other security measures.
Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, have been living in limbo ever since Trump announced in September that he would suspend DACA.
After going through much push back from Democrats in Congress, Trump agreed to give lawmakers six months until March 5 to codify DACA in legislation, after which the majority of Dreamers would start to lose their protected status and be at risk of deportation.
As per report, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s said that it was his intention to let the Senate bring an immigration bill to the floor next month if a deal on DACA isn’t included in a bill to continue funding the government past Feb. 8.
The White House reported it would release an immigration framework proposal next Monday of what the president wants to see in any immigration legislation.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “This framework will fulfill the four agreed-upon pillars: securing the border and closing legal loopholes; ending extended-family chain migration; cancelling the visa lottery, and providing a permanent solution on DACA.”
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