Hoax? Trump Says May Open Citizenship to Millions Of Immigrants

If Trump calls for immigration reform, he could face opposition not only from his core supporters but also allies inside the White House.

In a lunch meeting with television anchors before the president's address to Congress Tuesday - a meeting that has traditionally been largely off the record - President Trump said he was open to another attempt at an immigration overhaul.

A trove of empirical research contradicts the notion that immigrants are the violent criminal horde Trump makes them out to be.

"Nothing is changing from our perspective at this point", Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau said.

Trump highlighted four individuals whose family members were killed by undocumented immigrants, according to authorities.

Scapegoating immigrants via new federal agencies, crackdowns at checkpoints, and halving the number allowed in is not simply at odds with how most of us feel, it's rooted in a wilful denial of basic facts about crime, unemployment, and other issues. The office would be called "VOICE", which stands for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement.

What's unclear is what real effect, if any, the casual remarks about compromise will have on official White House policy. Attendees included NBC's Chuck Todd and Lester Holt, CNN's Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer, Univision's Maria Elena Salinas, Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart, News One's Roland Martin and others.

There wouldn't be a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally except for maybe the "Dreamers", people brought into the country illegally when they were children. Newman said he was reluctant to comment because he thinks Trump's statement is baseless propaganda until it's backed up by a more substantial statement or position. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said it represents Trump's realization that "governing is a very different proposition than campaigning".

While he had previously focused mainly on immigration enforcement, Trump on Tuesday offered to reform the immigration system in a way that resembles a merit-based system in countries such as Canada and Australia.

But Trump said that wouldn't be the case because there has to be "a softening on both sides. There's got to be a coming together". Trump raised that possibility to a group of TV anchors during a pre-speech meeting Tuesday, leading some to believe he was changing course by pursuing an immigration overhaul with Congress that would grant USA citizenship to young undocumented immigrants.

After speaking about the economy, President Trump will turn to national security.

"His executive order goes far beyond anything that anyone proposed".

On day one of his presidency, Trump pledged to make America safe again.

As a candidate, Trump shot to prominence by pledging to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

  • Larry Hoffman