(National Sentinel) Immigration Deformed: Last week the White House announced an immigration reform plan that would include eventual citizenship for some 1.8 million people, most of whom remain in the country illegally under a policy implemented by President Obama.
The plan hasn’t been well-received by many of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters because it appears to go against pledges he made during his campaign to deport people in the country illegally.
But Trump on Saturday tweeted out his rationale for allowing the so-called “DACA” recipients a lengthy path to citizenship: It would remove a key wedge issue Democrats have long used to extract concessions from Republicans.
“I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!” Trump tweeted.
That said, the president isn’t offering something for nothing. His plan includes $25 billion in funding for his proposed border wall; an end to chain migration; and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.
Obama, via executive order, implemented the DACA program in June 2012. Trump rescinded it in September, giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix.
Trump said at the time he believed the program violated the Constitution.
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