The Trump administration is preparing to release an immigration framework on Monday and have already made public what would be a bottom line and non-negotiable for the president. On Thursday night the administration proposed giving 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship in exchange for drastically reducing family-based migration, a $25 billion trust fund for a border wall, stepped-up security at ports of entry, and stricter internal enforcement.
This framework comes after weeks of both Republicans and Democrats frustrated that the administration was not leading with a clear direction on immigration—a source of contention that led to the government shutdown.
This framework will back Democrats into a corner, as they have made clear their opposition to limiting family-based immigration while also desperately wanting a fix for DACA recipients. One advocacy group for young immigrants, United We Dream, called the proposal “a white supremacist ransom note.”
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