Trump Offers 'Breakthrough' on Immigration Deal

He's open to path to citizenship for Dreamers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2018 5:20 AM CST
Updated Jan 25, 2018 6:39 AM CST
Trump Open to Path to Citizenship for Dreamers
President Trump alights from Air Force One at Zurich International Airport for the Davos World Economic Forum, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump says he wants Congress to have a deal on immigration and the border ready by the time he returns from the Davos forum in Switzerland—and he says he is open to the deal including a path for citizenship for DACA recipients. "We're going to morph into it," Trump said of citizenship for the Dreamers on Wednesday, per the Washington Post. "It’s going to happen—over a period of 10 to 12 years. If somebody's done a great job and worked hard, it keeps the incentive to do a great job," he said. "I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive, after a period of years, of being able to become a citizen." Trump stressed, however, that the deal for roughly 700,000 Dreamers would depend on securing $25 billion to build a border wall and $5 billion for other immigration-related spending.

He said reporters could tell Dreamers they had "nothing to worry about." The proposal Trump outlined sounds similar to one that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said was "off the table" after the shutdown ended, the Hill notes. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been pushing for a bipartisan deal—and using the hashtag #TrumpDreamers—called Trump's remarks a "breakthrough." "I truly appreciate President Trump making it clear that he supports a path to citizenship for DACA recipients," said Graham, whose own proposals have been called "unacceptable" by the White House. Advocates for restricting immigration say they could support a pathway to citizenship, depending on how many people it applies to and whether it is combined with other measures to limit immigration, the Los Angeles Times reports. (More DACA stories.)

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