White House issues list of new immigration demands to Congress

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, center speaks to immigrant-rights supporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington last month

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, center speaks to immigrant-rights supporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington last month

"The "diversity visa" lottery is susceptible to fraud and is costly and time intensive for the State Department to implement", said the White House.

"These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients", Trump wrote in a letter to Congress accompanying the list, using the official name for the amnesty order. The deal, the Democrats claimed, would include increased border security but no border wall. Trump has apparently gotten the message.

The White House immigration principles appear to be a departure from that earlier statement.

The whole deal devolved into murkiness that raised Democrats' suspicions that they weren't going to have a trustworthy negotiator on the other end of the table. Stephen Miller, Trump's top immigration adviser and a longtime opponent of DACA, could be trying to stop a potential deal.

It turns out his White House has very specific ideas about what they want that solution to be.

82 percent of USA voters, including 69 percent of Republicans, want Dreamers to be able to stay in the country and apply for citizenship, a Quinnipiac poll found late last month.

The proposals also included doing away with the 50,000 "diversity visas" that the U.S. can grant every year through a lottery to applicants from countries outside the list of usual suspects, which do not send as many immigrants to America.

And he hopes to prevent immigrants from sponsoring extended family members to move to the USA, limiting such green cards to spouses and children, as well as to close "loopholes" that prevent the deportation of children who enter the country illegally.

"DHS frontline personnel identified numerous principles outlined today, including closing loopholes in our ability to enforce immigration laws and eliminating the magnets for illegal immigration".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also expressed support for the proposals, saying in a statement they would end vulnerabilities in the immigration system that hinder national security efforts. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", Pelosi and Schumer added. One question is whether Mr. Trump will insist on this package as part of a deal to help the Dreamers, young people who have been protected by an Obama-era program that Mr. Trump is phasing out.

The demands include overhauling the country's green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building President Donald Trump's promised wall along the southern border.

Short further said,"They fulfill the President's promise to advance immigration reform that puts the need of American workers first".

Trump's untenable demands call into question his commitment to helping Dreamers.

But if these are demands, they kill any hope that Congress will be able to pass a bill to protect DACA recipients by March 5 - or ever.

A week later he asked if anyone really wants to throw out to "throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs".

Trump had drawn heavy criticism for his willingness to work with Democrats on DACA from conservatives, who accused him of abandoning the hard-line immigration stance he hyped during the campaign. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Congress' most vocal critic of the president's immigration agenda, told the Washington Post that Pelosi and Schumer should have seen it coming. "It's a slippery slope - I never understood why everybody wanted to sit down and negotiate".