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Immigration demands linked to support for DACA


But the demands could derail negotiations over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought into the US illegally as children. Those measures include provisions to make it harder for unaccompanied minors to enter the country illegally, money for the President's border wall and cuts to legal immigration.

The Donald Trump administration has sent a 70-point enforcement plan for immigration to the US Congress for approval.

"Now President Trump has put forth a series of proposals that will restore the rule of law to our immigration system, prioritize America's safety and security, and end the lawlessness..."

Democratic minority leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen.

Protesters shout slogans against Trump during a demonstration in support of DACA on Thursday in NY.

Trump said in a letter to Congress on Sunday that former President Barack Obama's establishment of DACA "bypassed the Congress" and "threatened Congress's status as a coequal branch of Government", resulting in what he characterized as a surge of illegal immigration. As of early September, there were nearly 690,000 active DACA recipients in the country.

Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative replacement for the DACA program when he announced its rescission last month.

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. However, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has made clear on numerous occasions he did not agree with the wall and Mexico would offer no funds towards its construction.

In response to Sunday's proposal, Schumer and Pelosi issued a joint statement, slamming the proposal. They added that the proposal goes "far beyond what is reasonable" and "fails to represent any attempt at compromise".

During the campaign, Trump made a habit of telling his base that he was taking an extreme position on immigration, then quickly walking back his remarks.

The proposals he released Sunday are more in line with that platform. The U.S. experienced a surge of border crossings by children fleeing violence in countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in 2014.

The change would require all such children to be treated the same, provided "they are not victims of human trafficking and can be safely returned home or removed to safe third countries".

The Trump administration on Sunday sent to the Congress a set of immigration proposals, including eliminating Green Cards for extended families, other than minor children and spouses, that has always been a key pillar of legal immigration from India. The administration also would detain asylum applicants while their cases are being considered.

And Politico noted the president's proposals were concerning to Democrats, as well as some Republicans. "This plan will work", Sessions said in a statement.

Cotton introduced a bill to create a skills-based immigration system earlier this year, and while Trump voiced support for it at a White House event, the bill has just one co-sponsor.

Coupled with taking executive action against illegal immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security has also conducted nationwide raids in recent weeks and arrested about 500 illegal immigrants that it says have violated the law.

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