In January, President Trump declared an offer ensuring limited protection to DACA recipients, known as ‘Dreamers’, provided he gets $5.7 billion for building his proposed border wall. This was one of the major bargaining moves made by Trump administration to bring an end to the longest shutdown.
Trump’s offered legislation was to give more than 700,000 immigrants temporary legal status and work authorization for three years. He also supported a three-year extension of the legal status of immigrants temporarily protected from deportation.
Other provisions in Trump’s offer included:
- $800 million in “urgent humanitarian assistance”
- $805 million for “drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry”
- 2,750 more border patrol agents and law enforcement officials
- 75 new immigration judge teams
- A mechanism to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries
The response to which was not very favorable for the President. Democrats were quick to discard the offer as inadequate and inappropriate to ensure safe future for immigrants.
As per Democrats, the proposal was not enough to ensure certainty to the immigrants, who would have got better coverage in the earlier discussed plans, raising their chances to get citizenship.
Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi too confirmed that she is not considering Trump’s offer to extend protection to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries (DACA). She criticized Trump saying that he should not have ended up the plan especially for children immigrants in the first place.
During her weekly press conference, Pelosi further stated that the President needs to address the plight of all immigrants and not just DACA recipients “because that’s a narrower universe.” She said that Trump needs to take a note of the fact that Dreamers are twice the number of the DACA recipients.
She further said, “What he did was he took away the protections DACA had, he took away the protection TPS had, and temporary protected status people in our country had, and took away an initiative of President Obama to facilitate amnesty questions in the country of origin. He took those away and then he said ‘I’m going to give these back to you temporarily if you give me a wall.'”
“So it was really disappointing. Having said that about what the president did … ‘I’ll take them away, I’ll give them to you temporarily; you give me a wall permanently.’ A non-starter.”
As of now, a bipartisan, bicameral conference committee is to bring forth the views on the same. However, Trump has already made it clear that he is only interested in listening to the committee if they have a wall to offer or else he is barely interested in wasting his time.
Trump’s approach to the DACA and other immigrants’ issues is extremely insensitive. It seems that constructing a wall is now no more about security and safety of the country but his ego. The consequence of business approach seems to have already taken a toll on major issues with DACA and other immigrants being a part of it.
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