On Sunday night, the White House released its list of prerequisite immigration reforms needed in exchange for a deal to protect Dreamers—those young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
The administration’s proposal, reports Priscilla Alvarez, includes cracking down on sanctuary cities and cuts to legal immigration but, most importantly, insists on “completing construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States.”
Leading Democrats again reiterated their unwillingness to accept such criteria, citing promise from President Trump last month that provisions for a border wall would not be part of the current DACA negotiations, says Alvarez.
The current requests are in total accordance with the Trump’s campaign pledge to crack down on immigration, notes Alvarez, which were, and are, designed to satisfy requests from racists and immigration hardliners at the start of Trump’s presidency.
Senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, reportedly worked on the latest proposal, after Democratic leaders, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, announced they had come to a more amenable agreement on DACA with Trump.