The White House released a list of proposals that include the funding of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to "sanctuary cities", according to a document distributed to lawmakers.
President Donald Trump has issued his demands to Congress for a deal to protect young illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers", insisting that the legislature fund a border wall and overhaul the green-card system to end chain migration.
The administration has its wish list and it is moving by it towards reaching its set objectives. Under these principles, there will be restrictions for family-based green cards to spouses and minor children and there will also be a creation for a point-based system for legal immigration.
Trump said in a letter to Congress on Sunday that former President Barack Obama's establishment of DACA "bypassed the Congress" and "threatened Congress's status as a coequal branch of Government", resulting in what he characterized as a surge of illegal immigration.
The White House also stressed it believes the President is making a "good faith effort" at bipartisan compromise - noting that it sent the immigration principles to both Democratic and Republican leadership of Congress and relevant committees.
The administration proposes establishing a merit-based immigration system that protects United States workers and taxpayers, and ending chain migration, to promote financial success and assimilation for newcomers, he said.
People familiar with ongoing discussions say the principles are expected to include elements of proposed legislation that would dramatically reduce legal immigration rates. If followed it will produce an immigration system with integrity and one in which we can take pride.
India has expressed concern over the future of H1-B visas because Trump had said during his election campaign that he would limit them because he asserted they affected the employment prospects of Americans.
"Congress doesn't need an excuse to pass laws that make our streets safer or our country safer or make our jobs more secure".
Requiring employers to use the E-Verify system to check that anyone they're hiring is legally allowed to work in the USA.
The administration wants to make it harder for illegal immigrants to claim asylum and to ensure that people caught near the border quickly are sent home.
In Congress, many Republicans have warned that the complex problems with the nation's immigration system can not be expected to be resolved in the short time before the DACA program expires. "I'm especially glad to see him call for ending chain migration and moving to a skills-based immigration system".
The senior White House official, though, said Mr. Durbin's logic amounted to a "false pretense that the safety of the American people should be held hostage to some other goal".
Numerous details of the demands remained unclear.
Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoTop general says Iran complying with nuclear deal Live coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill Where Dems stand on Sanders's single-payer bill MORE (D-Hawaii) also accused Trump of trying to "demonize immigrants" in the proposal.
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