Trump Wants Hard-Line Measures in Return for DACA Deal

List makes no attempt at compromise, Democrats complain
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2017 3:15 AM CDT
Trump Issues Hardline Immigration 'Principles'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schume speak with Dreamers holding a four-day fast on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 7, 2017.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The "deal" with President Trump on DACA that top Democrats spoke of last month is still very much a work in progress—and the two sides are so far apart that it might not happen at all. In a list of "principles" released by the White House Sunday night, the Trump administration called for hard-line immigration measures to "mitigate" granting legal status to Dreamers, including funding the border wall, hiring 10,000 new ICE agents, and cracking down on unaccompanied minors arriving in the US illegally, reports Reuters. The proposals "live up to the president's campaign commitment to have an immigration system that puts the needs of hardworking Americans first," a senior administration official says.

Democrats said they were appalled by the proposals, which include cuts to legal immigration. The list "is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community, and to the vast majority of Americans," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement Sunday night, per the Washington Post. "We told the president at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures ... but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise." White House sources tell Politico that Trump was not heavily involved in crafting the proposals, which the administration sees as an "opening bid" for a deal on Dreamers. (More Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals stories.)

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