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Trump Administration Presents Lawmakers With A List of Conditions for Protecting Dreamers

by Countable | 10.9.17

What’s the story?

When President Trump rescinded protections for young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he also promised to do whatever he could to protect the so-called ‘Dreamers’ if Congress could draft legislation.

On Sunday the administration provided lawmakers with a list of conditions they demand in order to support that legislation; conditions which are angering Democrats and thrilling hard line anti-immigration proponents.

Why does it matter?

Soon after ending the DACA program, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were reported to have begun to negotiate a deal with President Trump to protect the Dreamers. The two were positive that a deal including many Democratic concerns would be accomplished, but the latest list of demands appears to have stymied negotiations.

Politico reports that Schumer and Pelosi released a statement Sunday condemning the list of conditions:

"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. 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."

What is on that list in addition to funding for the border wall? Here are the highlights:

  • Stop U.S. legal residents from sponsoring family members for immigration other than spouses and children.

  • Prevent immigrants from claiming political asylum in immigration applications.

  • Increase border patrol and immigration enforcement staffing, including 10,000 new border patrol agents, 370 immigration judges, 1,000 ICE attorneys and 300 federal prosecutors.

  • Remove protections from deportation for "unaccompanied minors" from Central American children, as well as those from more distant countries.

  • Full funding of the southern border wall.

  • Increased northern border security.

  • Discourage illegal re-entry by enhancing penalties and expanding categories of inadmissibility.

  • Tighten immigration laws to keep sanctuary cities from avoiding aiding federal immigration efforts.

  • Curb federal grants to sanctuary cities.

  • Encourage merit-based immigration by creating a points-based system for green card applicants

  • Eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which brings 50,000 visa applicants to the U.S. annually who have no pre-existing ties in the country.

  • Require employers to use E-Verify, a workplace verification system.

What do you think?

Is this a reasonable list of conditions for consideration when crafting legislation to protect Dreamers or not? Are there some conditions you support and not others? Should Dreamer protections not be tied to restricting immigration from other groups?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Pixaby / Creative Commons )

RELATED READING:

Trump lists demands on immigration in exchange for DACA — ABC News

Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’ — Washington Post

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi won't talk immigration with Trump: Proposal 'goes so far beyond what is reasonable'— Washington Examiner

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  • IamAdlr
    10/09/2017
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    45 is a liar. He said Mexico would pay for the wall and that he would protect dreamers. He wants congress to do something that will hurt our economy and country in return for something that will hurt our economy and country. Is he trying to ruin us all? Don’t do it congress!

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  • Sandy
    10/09/2017
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    Can’t we just deport trump and his cronies?

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  • Susan
    10/09/2017
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    This is completely unacceptable. A wall is not the answer

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  • Mary
    10/09/2017
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    Drumpf thinks extortion is an effective way to govern. This is what happens when a crooked “businessman” is allowed to be in charge.

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  • NathanMcNichols
    10/09/2017
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    The president’s barbaric and arcane approach to the U.S.’s immigration concerns is downright apathetic to our fellow human beings, many of whom are suffering and unable to find sanctuary. I demand that action be taken via-a-vis combatting these ridiculous restrictions, so that the U.S. may return to a refuge of the downtrodden and persecuted.

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  • Azrael
    10/09/2017
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    When did Doing the right thing become a bargaining chip? The United States does not give in to terrorists demands That’s exactly what this sounds like Not one cent of my tax dollars is to go for one brick in any moronic wall Let me count the ways it is ok to spend my money; Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Mississippi, Louisiana hurricane victims, infrastructure, healthcare, education, Medicare , Medicaid Get your heads outta your butts and do the right things

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  • Franky
    10/09/2017
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    Trump ran on this promise, and Democrats are delusional if they think they earned the right to get whatever they want. The President is willing to compromise and offer citizenship to Dreamers, as long as Democrats respect the Presidents wishes and ideas. This is called work, and is really the first to offer some serious work on immigration in my lifetime. Is not perfect, but this is what the President ran on, and hes willing to let some liberal ideas in there to make it work.

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  • Bc
    10/10/2017
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    I voted for President Trump because of his promise to deport illegal - NOTE THE WORD ILLEGAL - aliens. There are laws in place to LEGALLY enter our Country. I know this because my family entered LEGALLY. The Obama administration has given OUR hard earned taxed dollars to IILEGALS! Stop this NOW!

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  • David
    10/10/2017
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    President Trump is willing to allow immigrants into the country so long as they come legally, go through the right channels and pass the Citizenship Test. In other words: become legal US Citizens.

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  • Jerry
    10/09/2017
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    Sorry snowflakes you cannot demand anything. Trump will figure it out. Congress can’t.

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  • Carol
    10/09/2017
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    For months we heard that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico says absolutely not. Now 45 wants taxpayers money to pay for the damn wall. Wrong again. The wall should not be part of helping DACA.

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  • Vanessa
    10/09/2017
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    What made America great is being held hostage by a sub standard reality star...

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  • Aidan
    10/09/2017
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    It is absolutely absurd that the Trump Administration is putting forth conditions in order to hold these people’s lives together. We must support DREAMERs right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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  • Heather
    10/09/2017
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    President Trump is trying to secure the borders and protect American citizens. American citizens. Becoming an American should have some requirements, and this is a negotiation for the “dreamers”. FYI, people who are citizens of this country have dreams too. Not just illegal immigrants. We definitely need to curb the number of people we let in annually, and the ones who do get in need to be able to contribute to our society and economy. And should be able to speak English. Don’t knock Trump for trying to protect our borders and put the best interests of our country before the best interests of illegal immigrants.

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  • Odwar
    10/09/2017
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    Absolutely ridiculous, a physical border is not the answer.

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  • Aimee
    10/09/2017
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    I agree with the list. I am all for holding people accountable, enforcing laws and adding man power to that work force. I want a wall and no incentives for breaking our laws. Get abusers and law breakers out! I love the idea of limiting chain migration and fixing the visa overstays. HOWEVER, you must give the DACA population a pathway to full citizenship! Only the ones that have all ready stepped up and did the right thing by being counted and accountable. The ones who haven’t committed a felony. The ones who work and/or go to school. These ones are a contribution to our society and they deserve the rights and privileges of being a citizen. Give them the green card test! Please work with the dems to make it happen!

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  • Sheryl
    10/09/2017
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    I want to ask each of you to take in a refugee family. You will feed, clothe, house and care for them. Then they bring their elderly sick mother and pop out a couple of kids. Soon cousins arrive. I don’t think as many of you would be so pro-illegal alien and refugee if the money came directly out of your pocket. You just don’t personally feel the impact. But everything is finite. Sanctuary cities make us less safe. Undocumented immigrants are more a burden than a value. Stop drinking the dems Koolaid, they just want more voters on their side.

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  • David
    10/09/2017
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    There are more efficient, cost effective, and holistic means of securing our border. An expensive single dimensional static defense measure... like just a wall... is a waste of money... our money since we will be the ones paying for it... NOT Mexico.

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  • Lawrence
    10/10/2017
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    All of these conditions are absolutely required to maintain the legitimacy of citizenship and safety of our citizens. It is about time that we do what every other nation does and set requirements for immigration that support self sufficiency . Immoral corrupt Democrats only want to dope their electoral base with low cultural capital dependent people. Every major city in this country that is run by Democrats is in fiscal difficulty because of underfunded union pension funds, union corruption, and socialist policies. Socialists are inherently lazy and corrupt

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  • Dan
    10/09/2017
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    Trump’s extortion techniques for getting tax payers to build a wall belongs nowhere near DACA legislation - besides his whole election campaign promise was that Mexico was going to pay for that wall - just because he lied does not mean taxpayers should pay for it!

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