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White House Backs Citizenship for 1.8 Million Dreamers in Exchange for Immigration Restrictions

by Countable | 1.26.18

What’s the story?

President Donald Trump said he will support a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall and a drastic reduction to family-based – or "chain" – migration.

Why does it matter?

The president said his proposal would offer a path to citizenship for the 700,000 undocumented immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The proposal would also cover those who meet DACA requirements but did not sign up before the program ended.

"These are good people, these are people that should be able to stay in this country," Trump said in an interview with CNBC. He added:

“We’re going to solve the DACA problem. But we also want to solve a tremendous problem on the southern border, which is crime.”

That solution includes $25 billion to build a border wall and ending family migration beyond spouses and minor children.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) rejected the proposal.

As things stand, DACA is still in place until March. A judge recently ruled that the federal government had to allow recipients of DACA to re-apply for deportation protection, but on average, according to reports, 122 DACA recipients lose their status daily.

What do you think?

Do you support the White House immigration proposal? Or do you agree with Sen. Schumer that the plan "flies in the face of what most Americans believe"? Hit Take Action and tell your reps what you believe, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • John
    01/26/2018
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    Senators Donnelly and Young, Rep Brooks - here are your orders: Pass a clean Dream Act, no Wall, no other extremist agenda actions. After that, work tirelessly to remove 45 from office and restore some sense of pride in our country. Why do you remain complicit in supporting a sexual predator, racist, and hate-filled malignant narcissist in the Oval Office? What voices do you need to hear from Indiana to WAKE UP and do your jobs as patriotic Americans?

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  • Shai
    01/26/2018
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    Having already taken Dreamers as political Hostages, Trump now formally delivers his Ransom Note. Disgusting.

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  • Amy
    01/26/2018
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    No, American taxpayers are NOT paying for trumps' mean wall that he PROMISED Mexico would pay for. Trump supporters...hold him to his word and really take a look at the tax burden this means to citizens. As for chain immigration, isn't Melania here because of a form of chain migration? Personally, in light of the 15,000 or so gun deaths in the past year, I'd rather we talked about deporting a few perpetrators of gun violence who are good, old, white American citizens and realize merit has no color or ethnic background. Being exclusive may have temporary gains but in the long run, pushed out and blocked people will not give a hoot about our well being. If that doesn't matter to mr. trump, it matters to me.

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  • Bernardine
    01/26/2018
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    Dreamers should be able to become citizens immediately, no waiting. Keep chain immigration. When whole families are here it makes for more stability to the immigrants and the country. Also NO WALL. Invest in high tech border control instead. And also impeach the shit-hole president!!!

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  • Samantha
    01/26/2018
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    Hey Vince! If there was a legal pathway for them, they would have done it already. Do some research on the subject before assuming that the are just lazy. 95% of the DREAMers are employed and pay taxes. Many have been here since they were babies. They don't have a pathway because their parents brought them illegally. These are good, law abiding people who don't know any other place as home. America IS their home. They 100% deserve a legal pathway to stay in the only place they have ever known as home!

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  • Robert
    01/26/2018
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    How can you justify holding 1.8 million Americans (only lack a piece of paper) hostage for a $25 billion wall that Mexico was going to pay for?

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  • Josseline
    01/26/2018
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    PLEASE TAKE ACTION!! MY PARENTS ARE GONE BECAUSE OF TRUMP I AM LEFT BY MYSELF I HAVE BARLEY TURNED 18 AND DUE TO MY PARENTS BEING DEPORTED I HAVE HAD TO STOP GOING TO SCHOOL TO FIND A WAY TO SUPPORT MYSELF I HAVE HAD TO GIVE UP MY SCHOOLING AND SO MUCH MORE TO FIND A WAY TO SUPPORT MYSELF SINCE MY PARENTS ARE NO LONER HERE , I AM ALONE THANKS TO TRUMP

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  • Walter
    01/26/2018
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    Starting to think this could be a win-win situation. POTUS has offered a fair compromise that won’t transform America into a full scale immigration welfare state. If rejected, liberal Democrats have only themselves to blame for the consequences.

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  • BeStrong
    01/26/2018
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    In sections: I appreciate what is proposed on DACA, a path to citizenship and removal of the ‘arbitrary’ age/birthdate requirement. !Families Must Not Be Separated! Propose a Clean Bill for DACA! Next: chain migration restrictions, why is this an issue? There is no evidence that family sponsorship has had an adverse affect on the US. Lastly, the $25,000,000,000 fence...Drug cartels use tunnels, ports and airways as trafficking arteries. Human trafficking of drugs is the tip of the tip of the iceberg. Surely we have a means of enforcement other than a $25,000,000,000 fence?!

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  • R. ben
    01/26/2018
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    Sounds like a deal to me!

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  • Angel
    01/26/2018
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    Yes. Enforce our laws and fix DACA. Two birds one stone. Democrats rejecting the proposal are once again showing their true colors. They want unchecked immigration. Their demands get more outrageous by the day.

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  • Jackson
    01/26/2018
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    I think it is great that we are protecting these young people and giving them a path to citizenship. But the wall is ridiculous. It is going to cost much more than $25 billion, and oh don’t you know, Trump lied. He said Mexico would pay for it, which we knew they wouldn’t, so now it will come out of taxpayers’ wallets to fund this ridiculous wall. And by the way, it’s not going to stop illegal immigration. If people really want to come here, they will get creative.

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  • Kathryn
    01/26/2018
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    This is a terrible waste of taxpayer funds. So many positive impact initiatives could be funded by this $25 billion dollar figure instead of what is being proposed.

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  • Devin
    01/26/2018
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    Using Dreamers as bargaining tools is a disgustingly inhuman thing to do. And what happened to Mexico paying for the wall? It was always going to come out of taxpayer pockets. $25 billion. $25 BILLION. What a ridiculous number for something most don’t even want. That money could fund the research done on the International Space Station for at least 5 more years.

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  • KCB5
    01/26/2018
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    We demand a clean Dreamers Bill. No ransoms. No qualifiers. A clean bill.

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  • Joanna
    01/26/2018
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    Well all I have to say about this is that if the Democrats cave in to trumps blackmail, I will never vote for my Democratic senators and representative again. The Democrats need to hold strong because this deal is a disaster. Voting to approve a $25 billion wall is absolutely ludicrous. It’s not only detrimental to the environment but it’s a costly disaster for the taxpayers. I know the Dems want to save the dreamers but with Donald Trump holding them ransom that is not going to solve any of the problems. The base of the Democrats do not want Funding for a asinine wall and it will be absolute suicide for the Democrats if they cave in just to save the dreamers. DACA needs to be on its own with a clean resolution.

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  • Steve
    01/26/2018
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    Our immigration system needs to be restructured. Our vetting system needs to be strengthened.

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  • Jason
    01/26/2018
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    Please do not accept this ransom. That wall is not just a debt our children’s children will be paying, but a symbol that we are a nation that turns its back on logic, and simple common sense. Stand up against this, and we will stand up with you.

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  • FoxVoter9
    01/26/2018
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    Trump is a blackmailer. Isn’t there a law against blackmails?

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  • Edward
    01/26/2018
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    This is a really good deal. The Dreamers win and America wins. The immigration aspects of this bill will help keep us from having this problem every 20 years.

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