White House plan offers lifeline to 'Dreamers'

The White House said any deal must include $25 billion in funding for the border wall, the central plank of Trump's presidential campaign.

"We had serious questions, and the White House official answered those questions to the best of the ability in this framework, because there aren't a lot of details filled in here, and it's always the details we're most concerned about", the source said.

The proposal would offer a path to citizenship to people brought to the USA illegally as children and have qualified for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

According to Trump's proposal, the undocumented immigrants could become U.S. citizens over a 10 to 12 year period if they met certain requirements.

The end of the lottery system - which was introduced in 1990 to diversify the origins of new immigrants - was expected and has support from some Democrats.

"I said, 'We need to help [the Dreamers],' and he said, 'I agree.' And he said, 'But I need border security.' We spent about 15, 20 minutes negotiating about the wall and at the end he made a suggestion".

The plan would not allow parents of those immigrants to seek lawful status, the officials said. Southern Baptists also have various views on how to address the immigration problem.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday voiced opposition to the White House's immigration proposal aimed at breaking a congressional impasse over a long-term budget deal, prompting President Trump to lash out at him and injecting renewed uncertainty into the negotiations.

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Caldwell argued that the proposal goes "far beyond" a path to citizenship for those who were brought to the U.S.as children "through no fault of their own".

The Trump administration announced in September that it would be ending the program started in former President Barack Obama's term, but Trump delayed the move for six months so that Congress would have time to act.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also took a shot at Schumer on Twitter on the Air Force One flight back to the United States. It was also slammed by some conservative groups, which decried the expansion of "amnesty" for illegal immigrants.

And for entirely different reasons, the framework was also torn apart by immigration hawks and restrictionist groups, who panned it as a self-defeating giveaway to Democrats. "I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally", he said, according to The Hill newspaper.

The call grew contentious, some of the sources said, when Miller began to solicit input from the conservative immigration groups, many of which have long advocated restrictions on legal immigration and no amnesty for undocumented immigrants now in the United States.

"No matter where the wall is built they are going to find a way".

And Lorella Praeli, with the American Civil Liberties Union, called it "a hateful, xenophobic immigration proposal that would slash legal immigration to levels not seen since the racial quotas of the 1920s, eliminate legal immigration channels for African countries, and spend $25 billion for a harmful, wasteful border wall and an increase in Border Patrol and ICE agents".

  • Megan Austin