Trump seeks $25 bil. for wall, offers 'dreamers' citizenship

As part of any deal Trump wants Congress to provide a $25 billion trust fund to pay for a southern border wall and enhanced security at ports of entry as well as improvements along the US-Canada border

Heritage calls Trump immigration proposal a 'non-starter'

However, a senior administration official later said no final decision has been reached yet over the issue.

Democrats say they are heartened by President Donald Trump's support for an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

They told CNN: "It is not something that could ever earn support from the immigration community". "We will solve the problem".

"In short, it is totally unacceptable to the President, and should be declared 'dead on arrival", Sanders declared. But his backing is essential for any legalization proposal to pass in the House.

The president's comments may have prompted outrage from his Breitbart-reading supporters, but the recipients of DACA still remain in limbo given Trump's recent comments that there will be no DACA without a new wall on the USA southern border.

"We're talking about probably 800 miles of wall", he said. There are already about 700 miles of fencing on the U.S. -Mexico border.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available. "It protects those eligible for DACA, who are here through no fault of their own", Cotton said.

"I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally", he said. "What is the scope of the amnesty?"

"What we don't want is to encourage more Dreamers and parents who are willing to get to America at all costs", said Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., one of 77 co-sponsors of a conservative House immigration measure that would allow beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status.

Trump's remarks come days after a short-lived government shutdown last weekend, which occurred after Democrats, joined by a few Republicans, blocked a funding bill in an unsuccessful bid to force action protecting Dreamers. Lamar Alexander, he coaxed a fist-bump from the Tennessee Republican who has been working with a bipartisan group of senators to find common ground on immigration and other issues.

Trump also once again equivocated on whether he might extend the deadline for DACA permits to begin expiring if Congress can't get ready in time - a possibility that if left open could complicate the sense of urgency in Congress to reach a deal.

"Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of IL described the proposal on Twitter as "$25 billion as ransom for Dreamers".

Dick Durbin, the Senate' Democratic Whip, also offered measured praise, saying Trump is "headed in the right direction here".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the lead lawmakers in the immigration negotiations, said Trump's comments signaled a major breakthrough. Durbin responded positively to Trump's tweets, showing that the Democrats can not be trusted to actually fight these racist and unjust provisions.

Democrats and pro-immigrants activists were quick in rejecting the proposal. The plan unveiled Thursday would provide a possibility of citizenship-contingent on "work, education, and good moral character"-to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, USA Today reports".

"The White House is using Dreamers to mask their underlying xenophobic, isolationist, and un-American policies, which will harm millions of immigrants living in the United States and millions of others who want to legally immigrate and contribute to our country", Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement in reaction to the White House framework.

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