- Anti-Trump bros Ed and Brian Krassenstein get kicked off Twitter Thursday 8:07 PM
- Amazon is trying to solve pushback on facial recognition software with a web form Thursday 6:56 PM
- T.I. says Nipsey Hussle’s death was ‘like losing Iron Man’ Thursday 6:32 PM
- Facebook banned billions of fake accounts in the first 3 months of this year Thursday 5:49 PM
- Twitch streamer gets banned for drunkenly passing out during broadcast Thursday 5:00 PM
- WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange indicted under Espionage Act Thursday 4:39 PM
- These doctored videos want to make you think Nancy Pelosi is always drunk Thursday 4:02 PM
- A robot could soon be delivering your packages from a self-driving car Thursday 3:29 PM
- Bipartisan anti-robocall bill overwhelmingly passes Senate Thursday 2:40 PM
- Deepfake-style videos can now be made with just a single image Thursday 1:57 PM
- The Lonely Island’s ‘Bash Brothers’ is what Netflix should be doing with short-form comedy Thursday 1:55 PM
- ‘Green dress lady’ proves green screen memes are still going strong Thursday 1:45 PM
- ‘Bowling alley strike screen’ memes are bizarre and wonderful Thursday 12:40 PM
- TikTok star Mohit Mor shot and killed Thursday 12:00 PM
- Stephen A. Smith is baby Thursday 11:43 AM
Trump’s immigration proposal promises Dreamers path to citizenship, border wall funding
The White House’s latest proposal for immigration reform includes legalizing 1.8 million DACA-eligible recipients, cutting opportunities for legal immigration, and getting a $25 billion “trust fund” for the border wall.
The framework, sent to reporters on Thursday, proposes to give DACA recipients and those who are eligible for DACA a 10-12-year path to citizenship, which would potentially legalize 1.8 million people. Legal status, then, would be determined by a set of clarified eligibility requirements to “mitigate fraud” and would be “subject to revocation for criminal conduct or public safety and national security concerns, public charge, fraud, etc.”
While the proposed framework would still allow for some family sponsorships, it suggests curbing sponsorships to only immediate family—spouses and minor children—and would “apply these changes prospectively, not retroactively, by processing the ‘backlog'” of sponsored immigrants. It would also end the diversity visa lottery program, and repurpose the 50,00 annual visas for families and high-skilled immigration green cards.
Much of the “compromise,” however, is dedicated to border security, with the White House asking for $25 billion for the border wall. Additional funds would be used to hire Homeland Security personnel and Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers and law enforcement; fund recruitment programs; close “legal loopholes” for immigration; end the immigration of criminals and “illegal border-crossers;” and stop people from trafficking drugs, committing immigration fraud, and staying past their visa’s expiration.
While House Speaker Paul Ryan commended President Donald Trump for his “leadership” and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called the framework “generous and humane,” critics have bashed the proposal for using Dreamers as a bargaining chip for legislation that further hurts the population it would potentially legalize by proposing to end family reunifications.
“Let’s call this proposal for what it is: a white supremacist ransom note,” United We Dream Advocacy Director Greisa Martínez Rosas told NBC News in a statement. “Trump and Stephen Miller killed DACA and created the crisis that immigrant youths are facing. They have taken immigrant youth hostage, pitting us against our own parents, Black immigrants and our communities in exchange for our dignity.”
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.