Trump administration sends immigration policy wish list to Congress

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"If we approve a budget, which doesn't include the Dream Act, then we've turned our back on our immigrant community and our principles".

The proposals emphasise immigration enforcement and include a request for funds to hire 370 more immigration judges, 1,000 attorneys for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, 300 federal prosecutors and 10,000 additional ICE agents to enforce immigration laws.

"Dreamers" is a name for DACA recipients.

"Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end", he added.

The list, which also includes preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families to move to the USA, drew immediate fire from Democratic leaders in Congress, who said it goes "far beyond what is reasonable".

The President has made it clear that he wants the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program good and gone.

US President Donald Trump is asking for funding for the wall, speedier deportations and the hiring of thousands of new immigration officials. Trump's decision to phase out DACA has left the initiative's recipients, also known as DREAMers, in a terrifying limbo, with many unsure of how their families and futures will be impacted.

"Since the Republican leadership is eager to surrender on DACA, and even the White House is probably willing to take something less than the full list they outlined Sunday, that means if there's no DACA fix passed by March (when DACA work permits start expiring at the rate of a few hundred a day), it will be the Democrats' intransigence that's the cause".

Last month, Mr Trump told Congress, which is dominated by his Republican party, it had six months to agree new legislation to help the Dreamers.

The latest version, which was unveiled last month, bans citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. "If they are backing off that, we ought to know".

At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ Dreamers, meaning that phasing out DACA will likely force big firms to spend time and cash recruiting new talent, Tom Wong, the author of the University of California study said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for his part, urged Democrats to exercise "extreme caution" as they hammered out the details of the agreement, and warned that Trump would put in place a "cyber wall". "Demanding a crackdown on children fleeing abject violence and funding for an ill-conceived border wall is beyond unreasonable". Trump has cracked down on those refugees, allowing for their deportation to Mexico; under the newly-proposed measures, that approach would become even more aggressive.

The proposals sent on Sunday deal only with permanent immigration and with illegal immigration, and not with the temporary H1-B visas given to professionals and advanced degree-holders from United States universities.

In a joint statement released after the Trump administration sent Congress a set of strict immigration principles, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped the demands as unreasonable and unserious.

But it remained unclear whether the president considers each of the more than a dozen priorities to be non-negotiable or whether the White House sees them more as a starting point for negotiation with members of Congress. Officials on the call notably declined to say whether the president would veto legislation that did not include each and every one of them.

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