MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump, who pledged to help protect young people known as ‘Dreamers’ brought illegally to the United States as children, called on Sunday for money to fund a border wall to be part of any immigration deal.
In a list of ‘principles’ laid out in documents released by the White House, the Trump administration also pressed for a crackdown on unaccompanied minors who enter the United States, many of them from Central America.
The plan, which was delivered to leaders in Congress on Sunday night, drew a swift rebuke from Democrats, who are seeking a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump ended last month.
The Trump administration wants the wish list to guide immigration reform in Congress and accompany a bill to replace DACA, the Obama-era program that protected nearly 800,000 ‘Dreamers’ from deportation and allowed them to secure work permits.
If enacted, the White House priorities could result in the deportation of Dreamers’ parents.
The proposals emphasize immigration enforcement and include a request for funds to hire 370 more immigration judges, 1,000 attorneys for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, 300 federal prosecutors and 10,000 additional ICE agents to enforce immigration laws, reported news agency.