Things Already Looking Bleak for Trump's Immigration Plan

Democrats, some Republicans have major problems with plan released Thursday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Things Already Looking Bleak for Trump's Immigration Plan
Antonia Catalan marches outside of the office of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Congress passing a clean Dream Act, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Doral, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

An immigration plan touted as a "compromise" by the White House upon its release Thursday appears unlikely to become a reality as Democrats—and even many Republicans—have major problems with it. Politico reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer decried President Trump's plan "as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system" that "flies in the face of what most Americans believe." The plan provides a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million Dreamers but also commits $25 billion to Trump's wall and border security, severely restricts family-based immigration, gets rid of the visa lottery system, and more. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the plan "anti-immigrant," and Sen. Dianne Feinstein says "Republicans cannot be allowed to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip for their wish list of anti-immigrant policies."

While the White House needs nine Democratic votes in the Senate for its plan to pass, it's unclear it will even get full support from Republicans, who largely range from tepid on the plan to flat-out opposed, NBC News reports. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls the plan a "framework for guidance," and House Speaker Paul Ryan says it "will help us ultimately reach a balanced solution." Meanwhile, conservative groups and websites are characterizing it as a betrayal of Trump's campaign promises on immigration by providing "amnesty" for Dreamers. Regardless, Trump said Friday he thinks Republicans will ultimately come around on his plan. “They’ve really shifted a lot, and I think they’re willing to shift more, and so am I,” Reuters quotes the president as saying. (Read more immigration stories.)

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