Washington, January 25, 2018 — While the President is in Davos, Switzerland attending the World Economic Summit, a proposal was released that would give a path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA immigrants – those who were brought to the United States as children.
Many in the Republican voting base are opposed to giving the DACA kids citizenship, so the administration risks offending their base by this proposal. But in exchange for that compromise, the administration wants $25 Billion to address security issues along the border with Mexico and Canada. They also want an end to chain immigration, and an end to “lottery immigration” policies. And as the President made clear in earlier discussions, he is going to demand funding of the border wall, before he would be willing to sign a deal to allow DACA kids to have a patch to citizenship
The so-called “Chain immigration” policy is one that allows immigrants to come into the United States if they already have family members living here. That policy has accounted for the majority of immigration from other nations over the last 50 years or so.
Under the new proposal, individuals already in the United States could only sponsor a spouse and minor children for citizenship.
This proposal comes just days after a recent shut-down of the Federal Government, when Senate Democrats demanded that DACA issue be included as a part of reauthorizing a new short-term funding bill.
That shutdown ended with an agreement to bring a consideration of the issue to the congress – and this proposal is now the administration’s response to the demands for consideration of the DACA children — many of whom have been in the US for so long, some are in their mid to late 30s.