The move is designed to ensure 60 votes in the Senate.
President Donald Trump’s newly unveiled immigration plan will offer a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for three major principles he has requested.
Lawmakers are working with Trump to find a legislative solution to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided blanket protections to at least 800,000 illegal children who came to the U.S. with their parents.
The controversial — and illegal — program expires March 5, so Trump’s new plan gives lawmakers on both sides of the aisle a clear understanding of what the president wants.
As noted by Axios, here’s what the White House wants in return:
- A complete end to both the immigration diversity lottery and chain migration.
- A $25 billion “trust fund” to pay for a wall system, meaning a wall in all areas not protected by natural barriers.
- A major increase in funds for border security measures and the hiring of more border patrol agents and officials at the Department of Homeland Security.
- The closing of several Obama-era loopholes that constrained how agents and courts worked in unison to deport illegal aliens, primarily the “catch-and-release” policies employed under Obama.
The White House believes their deal is a fair compromise, where Miller said it includes “some extremely generous provisions that should make Democratic support to get to 60 votes a given.”