White House plans to seek immigration cuts for DACA fix

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The White House is close to sending a proposal to Congress that would demand strict immigration measures in exchange for helping people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The plan, which was drafted by senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, would cut legal immigration in half over the next decade and dramatically ramp up punishments for immigrants living illegally in the U.S., according to a source familiar with the proposal.

It’s all but certain the plan would run into a wall of opposition on Capitol Hill. Democrats have roundly rejected similar legislative proposals, and slashing legal immigration levels is likely to divide Republicans.

A stalemate over the plan could endanger Trump’s pursuit of a deal to benefit hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who benefit from DACA, the Obama-era initiative that allowed undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors to seek deportation relief and work permits.

Such an agreement appeared to be within reach last month, when Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered out the framework of a proposal during a dinner with Trump.

If the White House sticks with its wish list, it would be a win for Miller, who has worked to solidify his influence in the West Wing. The 32-year-old aide has long been a staunch opponent of DACA and was reportedly upset when Trump decided to pursue a deal with the Democratic leaders.

Politico first reported the details of the White House plan. The proposal could be submitted to Congress as soon as this weekend, the report said. The plan could reportedly change before it is sent to Capitol Hill.

Read the entire article here: http://thehill.com/latino/354067-white-house-plans-to-seek-immigration-cuts-for-daca-fix

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