The demands President Donald Trump listed on Sunday regarding young undocumented immigrants, protected under DACA, threaten to complicate the negotiating of a possible deal with Democrats.
An administration official said these principles correspond to the president’s uncompromising campaign commitment to “puts the needs of hardworking Americans first”, adding that Congress needs to prioritize Americans and protect their jobs, which the proposed immigration policies could accomplish.
These demands oppose the agreement negotiated between Democrats and Trump during last month’s dinner in the White House, which did not include building of a wall in exchange for the president signing legislation proving legal status to beneficiaries of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
As part of the proposed immigration reforms Trump requested Congress to build a southern border wall to secure the border by preventing illegal entering in the country. The White House said he would also seek more funds in order to hire an additional several thousand immigration officers, and to apprehend people living in the country illegally.
In order for Trump to sign legislation protecting DACA recipients, who have been in the center of talks between the president and Democrats, these policies would have to be accepted. “These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients,” said the President Trump. He added that “Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end,” The Hill reports.
The demands put forward on Sunday were severely criticized by Democrats and could make it more difficult for both sides to come to strike a deal. President Trump also called on Congress to cut funds for those cities which demonstrate insufficient cooperation with federal authorities in enforcing immigration law.