The White House releases Immigration plan to Congress
By: Aracelli Avilla, Xiro Xone News January 25, 2018 Updated: 3:44 PM PT
Thursday, the White House outlined a immigration plan which would give the 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children a path to citizenship.
The plan would ask for 25 billion in founding for the border security 20 of that would toward the building of the border wall along the U.S. - Mexico border. It would also only allow the spouses and younger children of immigrants can enter the country with their 'sponsor.' The plan also eliminates the Visa lottery system.
Other points of the proposal require a 10-12 year path to citizenship for 1.8 million 'Dreamers' "with requirements for work, education and good moral character.”
Democratic lawmakers as well as some conservatives are critical of the proposed to plan voicing concerns on social media. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said in a tweet "There is no public policy justification for cutting legal immigration in half. None.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called the plan "insulting" and an "anti-immigrant wish list.”
In a statement on Thursday Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said that he pleased with the President laying out his immigration plan. "I am hopeful that as discussions continue in the Senate on the subject of immigration, Members on both sides of the aisle will look to this framework for guidance as they work towards an agreement.”
Last week Congress passed a short-term funding to keep the government open until Feb. 8; shortly after a 3-day Government shutdown. Democrats are hopeful Senate Republicans will uphold their promise on moving on an immigration deal for the 700,000 ‘Dreamers.’