The US government and Congress want to negotiate a new immigration policy. Now the White House has published a list of demands. The Democrats immediately rejected them. The White House presented a catalog of demands on immigration policy to the US Congress on Sunday evening. The list was released surprisingly during a holiday weekend in the USA. The main points include:
“The financing of a wall which separates Mexico and USA”.
“Increased deportation of illegal immigrants”.
“Stricter measures to reduce the immigration of unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras who were sent to the USA by their parents because of the violence in their home countries”.
“A significant increase in the number of immigration and customs authorities; 10,000 additional officials should be deployed there”.
“A revision of the Greencard system for permanent residence permits”.
The list is considered to be the basis of the government for forthcoming negotiations on the fate of hundreds of thousands of children of illegal immigrants, so-called dreamers. Democratic President Barack Obama had granted them a provisional protection status in 2012 with the “Daca” program. His Republican successor described the program as unconstitutional, and asked the Congress to find a new regulation until spring.
The Democrats in the Congress were hopeful to find an agreement with Trump, which would allow the dreamers to remain in the US. However, the list of the claims referred to as principles could jeopardize an agreement: in the case of implementation, it would mean a considerable tightening of US immigration policy.
The leading representatives of the Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives also immediately rejected the list. They said that the claims are far away from being adequate.