By Associated Press |
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has sent an immigration policy wish-list to Congress that could derail efforts to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children.
The demands, which were sent to lawmakers Sunday, called for limiting family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and creating a point-based system. The White House also said it wants to boost fees at border crossings, make it easier to deport gang members and unaccompanied children, overhaul the asylum system, and hire 10,000 more immigration officers, among other proposals.
It was unclear whether the principles were intended as a broad outline of goals or as specific demands the White House expects to be implemented in exchange for signing legislation that would protect the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
Trump has given Congress six months to find a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program. Initiated under President Barack Obama, the program protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation and allowed them to continue working legally in the country.