Trump and 'Cryin' Chuck Schumer' are arguing on Twitter again

Lucy Bush
January 27, 2018

In what may end up being the most contentious piece of the proposal, the White House is also looking to close "legal loopholes" that will allow it to deport more immigrants, specifically as it relates to undocumented immigrants from countries that don't border the United States - which would likely include changes in immigration enforcement authority that would be virtually impossible for Democrats to swallow.

The White House unveiled its proposed immigration legislation framework Thursday - a list of major and minor overhauls officials say the president will require in exchange for protecting the Dreamers, illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who were protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before Trump killed it.

Using the derogatory nickname "Cryin' Chuck" that Trump coined a year ago, the president mocked Schumer for being "unable to act on immigration".

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, said a bill calling for a big crackdown on undocumented immigrants and new restrictions on legal entry for relatives might be a hard sell.

The president requested 25,000 million dollars in a fiduciary fund for the border wall, as well as additional resources to hire personnel for the Department of Homeland Security, including lawyers, immigration judges, prosecutors and border security officials.

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Evangelicals leaders are celebrating Donald Trump's announcement of a "pathway" that could allow hundreds of thousands of people, brought into the USA illegally as children, to apply for citizenship. "If we make the right deal, I think they will". "I am confident that we will get the reform that we need, and won't plant the seeds for problems with immigration in the future".

The White House would concede a path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA recipients or those who are eligible for DACA but never signed up.

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, encouraged his Twitter followers to tweet photos of burning Make America Great Again hats in protest of Trump's supposed capitulation.

House Democrat Scott Peters of California said he was "honored" to have Karen Bahena, who was brought by her parents across the border from Mexico in 2001 when she was eight years old, as his guest to Trump's speech.

The Trump administration announced in September that it would be ending the program started in former President Barack Obama's term, but Trump delayed the move for six months so that Congress would have time to act. A lot of House Republicans are - real hard-line positions on immigration.

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The White House plan is a clever ploy to use the Dreamers as leverage to advance a nativist agenda.

Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida, a state with a substantial immigrant community, said he too will bring a Dreamer to the speech. This is a good starting point for Congress to get to work.

Arkansas United Community Coalition, an immigrant advocacy group, said the announcement provides some "long-overdue clarity". "I said, 'We'll take it, '" Schumer added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has promised to hold Senate floor debate on an immigration measure in the coming weeks, offered praise for the outline but made it clear Congress will still craft the actual language of a bill.

That could make the plan hard to get past Democrats, no matter how strong they want the Dreamers reform.

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A visa lottery aimed at increasing diversity would be eliminated.

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