On Sunday, October 9th the Trump administration delivered a list of immigration related demands to Congress that President Trump wants in exchange for a deal to protect those protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, popularly known as DACA.
The administration demands the construction of a border wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for individuals seeking asylum, and the denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities” must be granted in exchange for providing legal status to around 800,000 young immigrants covered by the Dream Act, amongst other policies and measures.
The Trump administration is additionally demanding the implementation of the E-Verify program by companies to restrict undocumented immigrations from gaining employment, the end of people bringing extended family to the United States, and a strengthening of border security against those fleeing violence in Central America. Doing so would close options that encourage parents from Central American areas to send their children to the United States.
These demands reflect an outspoken effort by the Trump administration to limit the entry of undocumented immigrants to the United States, and expressed efforts of reforming the United States’ immigration practices and policies.
Democratic leaders in Congress immediately opposed these demands, with Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi releasing a joint statement in defense of Dreamers. “The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.”
This news comes a month after President Trump abruptly ended DACA, an Obama era policy that has allowed 800,000 undocumented immigrants to live, study, and work in the United States. Immigration advocates will likely continue to urge Democratic leadership to refuse a deal that satisfies the President’s demands. However, with thousands of Dreamers losing permission and protection from deportation beginning in March 2018, the pressure for immediate action is building.
Other demands from the Trump administration include resources to retain 370 immigration judges and 1,000 government lawyers, as well as more detention areas for children arriving at the border to be processed and returned if they do not qualify to stay in the United States.
D’Alessio Law Group is closely monitoring all developments on the matter. For questions relating to DACA and the Trump administration’s latest actions, please contact your D’Alessio Law Group professional.