The Trump White House has unveiled a new immigration plan which offers a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million immigrants living in the US illegally.
The new plan also seeks to make drastic cuts to current immigration programs including the elimination of the Diversity Visa as well as chain migration.
The administration in exchange wants an investment of $25 billion towards the construction of a border wall and additional technology along the southern boarder. They also want vast crackdown on immigrants residing in the US illegally.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
White House officials said that the deal is a “take it or leave it” proposals and said that they hoped that the plan would be embraced by Conservatives and centrists in Congress.
In the new proposal, there will be more people that would be covered in the deal including 1.1 million people who qualify for DACA but never applied. They are currently about 700,000 known DACA recipients.
In Mr Trump’s plan, these immigrants will be allowed to work in the US and work their way to becoming citizens in 10-12 years provided they do not get on the wrong side of the law.
The White House officials added that if no deal is reached, the Dreamers are subject to deportation when the program expires on March 5.
However, minutes after the plan was announced, Democrats, Immigration advocates and several Republicans rejected the proposal saying the plan was just a ploy to drive away immigrants and shut down the nation’s borders.
Many said that the plan may stand a chance of working if it concentrated to legalizing DACA recipients and laid off the mass crackdown of immigrants
Republicans and Democrats are working on their own plan that they hope the House will vote on and pass and turn the tables on Mr Trump leaving him with a “take it or leave it” scenario of his own.