President Trump speaks to reporters Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Trump administration sent a list of immigration policy priorities to Congress that includes overhauling the country’s green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
Link to original source: Tamara Keith – NPR.org, 10/8/2017
President Trump on Sunday sent Congress a list of sweeping immigration changes he says “must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.”
Trump wants the border wall he campaigned on to be built, a crackdown on illegal immigration and to switch the U.S. legal immigration system from one that prioritizes family connections to one based on merit.
Trump has promoted these policies before, both during the campaign and as president. But what’s new is demanding that they be included in the legislative fix for the DACA program.
“Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end,” Trump said in a letter to Congress.
Last month, concluding that the DACA program put into place by the Obama administration through executive action was illegal, Trump announced that he would end it in six months. He called on Congress to enshrine in law the protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The approximately 700,000 DACA recipients are often referred to as DREAMers. Under the program, they temporarily avoid deportation and receive work permits.