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(CNSNews.com) - The Trump Administration said on Sunday it is “ready to work with Congress” on three immigration objectives: border security (fund and build a southern wall); interior enforcement (uphold immigration laws and return visa overstays); and merit-based immigration (green cards for spouses and minor children only; establish a merit-based system that puts skills ahead of family connections).
The Trump White House released a detailed plan Sunday night, drawing immediate rejection from Democrats and liberal activists.
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In joint statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the plan “anathema to Dreamers,” to immigrants in general, and to the “vast majority” of Americans.
“We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise,” Schumer and Pelosi wrote.
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“The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations. If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so.”
The 70-point plan does not mention Dreamers by name. But appearing on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Dreamers should “listen to what the president said.”
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Trump is open to a deal on the dreamers, Conway said, as long as congressional Democrats give the Trump administration what it wants in other areas.
Among other things, the plan calls for:
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-- Complete construction of the southern border wall, to be paid for in part by allowing the Department of Homeland Security to raise fees from the processing of immigration-benefit applications;
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-- Prompt removal of minors, including unaccompanied alien children, and relatives crossing the border illegally.
-- Stricter standards for people who claim asylum;
Removal - Process
-- Expand the expedited removal process, including hiring an additional...
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