White House Reveals What It Wants In Exchange For Keeping "Dreamers"

On Sunday night, the White House revealed that it is seeking more funds from Congress to fund Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, more resources to hire thousands more immigration officers, cutting the number of new legal immigrants and generally demanding a steep price for legislation under consideration to help so-called Dreamers. According to the WSJ, "the White House documents, sent to congressional leaders in both parties on Sunday, amount to a lengthy wish list of longstanding conservative immigration goals." While White House officials told reporters that they want these to be included in any immigration deal, they stopped short of saying the White House will insist on them.

As The Hill adds, Trump's new "immigration principles and policies" call for a crackdown on border security, more resources to catch individuals residing in the country illegally, as well as a merit-based system that limits chain migration to spouses and children.

Border patrol agents stand next to a border fence used for training
at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico

Claiming that in order to properly protect the nation's borders, the White House said Congress must also approve of the construction of a border wall to deter human trafficking, drug trafficking and other cartels. "Success of border walls are undeniable from the perspective of their operators," U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said Sunday. The plan also takes a hardline stance against unaccompanied minors who enter the country.

Trump also went after sanctuary cities, calling on Congress to cut funding from certain grants and agreements to punish the "states and localities that refuse to cooperate with Federal authorities."   Additionally, the administration is advocating for a "refugee ceiling" that caps how many are let into the country to an unspecified "appropriate level."

"[T]he refugee ceiling needs to be realigned with American priorities," according to a press release that points to the nation's historically high average of resettling refugees compared to "the rest of the world combined."

The plan also suggests measures that allow for a swift deportation process once ICE or other authorities detect and catch those residing in the country illegally.

But the most notable feature was the return of demands for a border wall. The Trump White House had previously called for border security measures as part of a Dreamer deal but had agreed to take the wall off the table. Now the administration is again insisting on it.

"These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients," President Trump said in a statement following the announcement of the proposal on Sunday. "Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end."

The just released proposed plan is meant to guide the administration's discussions with Congress to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that shielded nearly 800,000 so-called “Dreamers” from deportation and also allowed them to secure work permits. The administration said many agencies weighed in to give policy recommendations in order to improve the immigration system including the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, ICE, and U.S. Customs and Border Control.

The principles also lay out changes to the legal immigration system that Mr. Trump has already endorsed, including large cuts to green cards issued for family members and shifting existing employment-based green cards to a skills-based system.

It is no surprise that Democrats are opposed to most of these ideas outright and don’t support others unless they are part of a comprehensive package that includes a path to citizenship for almost all of the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. They will certainly throw up Trump's renewed attempt to push through "the wall."

“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,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a joint statement Sunday.

This may be a problem because suddenly it appears that all the goodwill that Trump had built up with the Democrats last month, when in exchange for avoiding a government shutdown he caved on his DACA executive order, may have vaporized:

Last month, Mr. Trump met with the pair for dinner and, afterward, it seemed that a deal to legalize Dreamers might be at hand. All three of them suggested that they had agreed to pair protections for the young migrants with border security provisions that didn’t include the controversial proposal for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.


But immediately after that, many congressional Republicans said they would seek to extract more significant enforcement provisions as part of any deal. And on Sunday, a White House official said that the only agreement was that dealing with Dreamers was a priority and that they would try to come to a resolution as quickly as possible.

As the WSJ adds, many of the proposals outlined are included in legislation that has passed the GOP-controlled House but wasn’t considered in the Senate, in part because they likely don’t have support from the 60 senators that would be needed to pass them.

As for the Dreamers, there was some additional confusion, because a White House official said that the administration wasn’t interested in providing these people with a path to citizenship, as the Dream Act provides. But last week, two administration officials told a Senate committee young people should have the opportunity for citizenship.

Finally, should this proposal indeed sour the tentative ceasefire that had emerged between Trump and the Democrats last month, suddenly not only is tax reform before year end looking impossible shaky, but if Trump has just made the DACA legislation impossible, then not only is the threat of a government shutdown again back on the table, but it may be time to start worrying about the next debt ceiling hike which is due exactly two months from today.


chubbar overbet Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:01 Permalink

Always get a kick out of clueless Schumer claiming the majority of americans want the illegals to stay. In fact the majority, by quite a margin, want the illegals deported and the border wall built. That's how Trump was elected to begin with. As always, the libtards are completely out of step with the majority.Stand firm, get rid of all of them!

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MillionDollarBonus_ freedom1798 Mon, 10/09/2017 - 06:47 Permalink

One thing we need to get straight here is that the dreamers are not coming to live in a "white country" that was made great by white people. They are reclaiming a land, Aztlan, that was stolen from them, which was alaready fertile for the building of the Texas oil industry, silicon valley, the space program and automobile manufacturing. If whites hadn't stolen it from them, Latinos would have created all these things and more. So they are taking back what is rightfully theirs.Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden Outed as a Russian Agent

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D.T.Barnum MillionDollarBonus_ Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:04 Permalink

the wall is just a wedge issue.  The zio-overlords want open borders and most people aren't even aware they have zio-overlords, so open borders we will have.  Ignorance reigns.  They will go over, under, around, and eventually through (the gangs have toys.)  Not to mention, we can't afford it, and Trump will be out of office before it's done. Have you seen government employees work?  12 guys leaning on shovels staring at one guy scratching his nuts.  Then the libs will spend more taking it down than putting it up. The International Jew - WikipediaHenry FordVolume 1: The International Jew: The World's Foremost problem 

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Bes Snout the First Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:10 Permalink

that's rightjust because europeans stole, raped, murderedfor every fucking inchoutside of their resource poor iceboxdoesn't mean anyone else has a right to it.------euorpeans are like zionists in israel,claiming shit that was never theirs to begin with.you must be really freaking stupid.hahahahaha!------p.s.  2000 hispanics?  how about tens of millions of natives wiped out across north and south americabut i digress: )  

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The_Central_Sc… Bes Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:24 Permalink

Can you prove "tens of millions"? Also, The Noble Savage has been romanticized since Rousseau.  Can you prove "tens of millions" and in some way other than communicable disease? Maybe millions in all of the western hemisphere, but "tens"? Tribes in North American elevated vendetta,inter-tribal warfare, looting,plunder, torture and body mutilation into high cultural values. Nothing noble about North american tribal way of life that we would recognize. Also women were traded back and forth and treated like the rented mules they were in those cultures. The nobel savage ideal shined a light on failings of western christian culture, but it was always a strawman comparison that took on a life of its own when later romanticized. 

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NAVIGATOR0832 Bes Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:48 Permalink

Should give California back to Mexico for a number of reasons. Fast becoming a "Narco" state.  1/3 of population Spanish speakingMexico has universal health care that Californians all crave.  Silicon valley would be nothing without Asian slave labor, and therefore is immoral 

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EddieLomax caconhma Mon, 10/09/2017 - 07:45 Permalink

The wall is very useful, the example in Hungary shows what it can do.But it is useless without a will to enforce immigration laws, the fact that millions of people are illegally living and working in the US makes a mockery of any immigration policy, either they have rule of law or they don't.And the NWO want no rule of law.

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Dovda Wimar caconhma Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:31 Permalink

As part of this negotiation, I would like to see a law that any illegal found to have illegally voted in any past election be deported and made ineligible to ever come back. Also, dreamers should never be allowed to become citizens. I could accept giving them status to stay, but I'm not on board with them ever getting to vote.

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Bigly overbet Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:06 Permalink

No they aren't.  Unless you infiltrate the local Republican establishment, or get a huge ground swell of people who go vote against them in disgust, they have all the money and backing behind them.  It will play out locale by locale.I say this because it boggles my mind that SC continues with lindsey graham. This is just one example of dozens.

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booboo overbet Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

Adding 10,000 new federal employees that will be sitting on their fat asses for tax serfs to support after 3 years must make the one party system jizz their panties as well. “Oh please Donald don’t make us hire more dead weight...guffaw, snicker, snicker...oh damn you out fixed us again”

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Bes Muddy1 Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:02 Permalink

send the bankstersgoldmaniteszioniststhe MICand the FEDto prison first.they are more of a threat and enemy of the american people then some guy painting your house. (and if whites stopped hiring them, demand would disappear)this is all easy politics for republicans because actually attacking the real problem will never fucking happen because they are all in bed with the powers that be,trump too#maga

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Mazzy Sun, 10/08/2017 - 21:52 Permalink

Not the political hill I would've chosen to die on, nor is it one to try to eek out a Phyrric victory upon.Make the hard choices.  Build the way, deport violent gangs (including niggers), and get the white trash losers off the drugs and welfare.Of course all that would cut into the CIA/DEA's drug running profits, but....it's the "right" thing to do if only anyone cared to impliment it.

GreatUncle historian40 Mon, 10/09/2017 - 07:30 Permalink

Lol Mexico is skint you see if you pay few $ for work over the border they only got a few $ they can use or hand you back.On top of that earthquakes kind of sap the money and so does potentially a volcanic eruption.Mexico ain't building no wall ... so now the sleight of hand kicks in the US taxpayer is now if they has abolished Obamacare and that cost you could probably afford it.

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Xena fobe Sun, 10/08/2017 - 21:56 Permalink

Stop the welfare.  Merit based immigration.  That should slow the flood of America haters to a trickle. We are just stuck with the ones already here. 

Green2Delta Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:24 Permalink

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Fuck that wall! With the technology now available a wall isn't needed. Tethered aerostat blimps with top notch cameras, drones, National Guard units with Strykers and the Border Patrol could shut that border down tomorrow. The National Guard and Border Patrol could set up outposts that work like fire stations. Guys live, eat and sleep there for a set period of time. When the alarm goes off they go and deal with border jumpers. The wall is an unecessary expense. Fuck the Dreamers! Go dream somewhere else. 

Father ¢hristmas Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:32 Permalink

Build a wall, that flight attendants can direct Mexicans to look at as they fly right the fuck over it and overstay their visas.Build a wall, that CIA operatives can admire on satellite photos as they arrange for shipments of narcotics to be flown into military bases.Let the mighty eagle soar.

GreatUncle Herdee Mon, 10/09/2017 - 07:33 Permalink

So the drug cartel now gets on a plane to Troudeau's Canada ... then walks it in across the Canadian border.If you carry 50 tonnes of cocaine in inernational waters on a boat is this illegal? Don't think it is.So grab one of the standing around doing nothing oil tankers and use that ... should be going cheap soon.

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