Trump's immigration proposals threaten 'Dreamers' deal

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington for a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Md. on his way to Greensboro N.C. The Trump administration sent an immigration policy wish

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The administration also called on Congress to change the current USA legal immigration system by limiting the varieties of permanent residents that an American citizen citizen could sponsor and transforming green cards into a merit-based point system.

People work at the construction site of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, in San Diego, California September 27, 2017.

Last month, Donald Trump tried cutting a deal with Democrats to pass a statutory version of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and wanted it badly enough that he was willing to put off negotiations for funding his top campaign promise.

On Sunday, however, the Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration demands that may threaten the compromise - and the status - of almost one million DACA recipients.

It's too easy for many migrants to be released into the United States simply by claiming they are afraid to return to their home country, officials said.

About 690,000 recipients are now enrolled in the program, and their work permits are due to expire in March 2018.

But ending the program came with a six-month delay, giving lawmakers and the Trump administration time to work out a legislative fix. "Dreamers" refers to people eligible for DACA protections; the nickname references the failed law that tried to allow them to stay in the USA legally and seek citizenship.

Mayor Emanuel said President Trump's newly adopted hard line on protecting so-called "Dreamers" is not changing his position on Immigration Reforms.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders released by the White House, Trump said the priorities were the product of a "a bottom-up review of all immigration policies" that he had ordered "to determine what legislative reforms are essential for America's economic and national security".

The problem, she said, "cannot be bandaged over at the presidential level through another executive order that can be rescinded by a subsequent administration". Democrats and some Republicans are not expected to support measures that include massive interior enforcement and cuts to legal immigration. "We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures ... but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable".

Trump's decision was met with protests, with several Democratic-led states threatening to sue the president. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

In a joint statement Sunday night, Pelosi and Schumer said Trump's list of proposals failed "to represent any attempt at compromise".

Hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants had already started seeing a glimmer of hope regarding their legal stay in the U.S. However, that might be short-lived considering that the Trump administration has unveiled a list of hard-line immigration principles which might end up derailing the deal.

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