The Latest: Trump proposes path to citizenship for 1.8 M
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on plans to change the immigration system (all times local):
The White House has unveiled a proposal that provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants living in the country illegally, in exchange for new restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security.
The plan is being applauded by some in Congress, but blasted by conservative activists as “amnesty,” and slammed by a slew of Democrats, who accuse President Donald Trump of holding “Dreamers” hostage to his hard-line immigration agenda.
Senior White House officials are casting the plan as a centrist compromise that could win support from both parties and enough votes to pass the Senate. But it comes with a long list of concessions that many Democrats, and conservative Republicans, especially in the House, may find impossible to swallow.
The White House says President Donald Trump is proposing to provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million younger immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The plan is likely to get a mixed reaction on Capitol Hill.
Senior White House officials are offering a preview of Trump’s immigration framework, casting it as a compromise that could pass the Senate.
Trump’s plan would dramatically scale back family-based migration, limiting it to spouses and underage children, and eliminate the visa lottery program.
It would also include $25 billion for a border wall — and unspecified billions more for additional immigration enforcement measures.
The officials are speaking on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the plan before its release.
Democrats say they are heartened by President Donald Trump’s support for an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.
But Republicans are being more cautious.
Moderate West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he’s “very encouraged” by Trump’s surprising words.
Among Republicans, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said he supports the citizenship pathway Trump described.
Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota called Trump’s words “positive” and said Trump’s description “gives us a better sense” of his views but added, “We have a long way to go yet.”