Trump administration releases list of immigration policy principles

Washington - The Trump administration on Sunday released a list of immigration principles it wants to have enacted in exchange for an agreement with Democrats to allow hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to remain in the United States.

Hard-line policy wishes, including the construction of Trump's long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border and the speedy deportation of visa overstayers, featured on the list that was issued unexpectedly in the middle of a long weekend.
The administration also called for an end to "extended-family chain migration," limiting family-based green cards for spouses and children.
The wish list threatens to derail a deal with Democrats about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, established in 2012 by the administration of former president Barack Obama.
DACA allowed young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children - known as "Dreamers" by the progamme's supporters - to remain in the country and work or attend university.
In a letter to House and Senate leaders reforms, Trump said his proposed policies "must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of (DACA) recipients."
Senior Democrats hit back at Trump's list, saying it went "far beyond what is reasonable."
"The Administration can't be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.


Monday, October 9th 2017
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