President Donald Trump’s aides are pushing for a new immigration deal, one that breaks one of his original campaign promises…
White House officials are pushing Trump to protect young people who were brought into the country illegally as children; then they can use the issue for a larger immigration deal.
Despite Trump’s original vow to deport these so-called “dreamers,” but the new immigration deal would offer them protection in exchange for legislation that pays for a border wall and more detentions facilities, curbs legal immigration, and implements E-Verify, an online system that allows business to check immigration status.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Reform, said, “They are holding this out as a bargaining chip for other things.” The Federation for American Reform is an organization that does not protect Dreamers.
A smaller group, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his aides, Stephen Miller and Rick Dearborn, opposes citizenship.
Director of government relations for Numbers USA, Rosemary Jenkins said, ““He getting conflicting advice inside, and that’s caused hesitation. Obviously, President Trump doesn’t want to make a decision, but he has to.”
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – is the 5-year-old program launched by the Obama administration that protects young people brought into the country by their undocumented parents. It allows them to attain work permits as well.
Ten states have threatened to sue the government if it does not end DACA, while 20 other states have urged Trump to refuse that request.
During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to end DACA, calling it an “amnesty.” After being inaugurated, Trump has not only failed to follow through with his plan but has pledged to treat Dreamers with “great heart.”
In reference to DACA, Trump said, “DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me. To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids, in many cases not in all cases. In some of the cases they’re having DACA and they’re gang members and they’re drug dealers too. But you have some absolutely incredible kids, I would say mostly.”
A Republican familiar with the situation was quoted saying, “There’s generally a deal to be had. Democrat are going to have to give a little, Republicans are going to have to give a little, but it involves legislating and that’s not something Congress has done a very good job of.”
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Credit: McClatchy DC Bureau