Trump Address May Call for Immigration Bill, Senior White House Official Says
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 3:55
A White House official told television networks Tuesday that President Trump would like to see Congress work on a new broad immigration bill, reigniting a festering debate on Capitol Hill.
During his first week in office, Trump wiped away restrictions on immigration officers, opening the door to deportations for millions of immigrants in the country illegally, and ordered the Department of Homeland Security to hire 10,000 more deportation officers and 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. It's unclear what motivated the shift in rhetoric from the White House and whether it is actually a honest shift in policy-making or a setup of some sort with an endgame that's even more unclear at this point.
A potential policy, which would have to pass the Republican-held Congress, would likely only apply to "Dreamers", a narrowly-defined category of students who came to the country at a young age, reported CNN.
Trump said he would be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.
But the new reports lack any details about what compromise would be acceptable to President Donald Trump or the pro-American, anti-amnesty voters who elected him into power.
One of the president's signature campaign promises included building a wall along the Southern border and curbing illegal immigration into the United States from countries like Mexico. The 10th item on that list: "Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers". That claim will surely be tested should Trump propose the reform package.
Trump's announcement represents a significant shift in his previous messages, which have caused panic in immigrant communities for promising to go after anyone with a criminal record, from traffic infractions to medical marijuana licenses.
In other cases, local jurisdictions known as "sanctuary cities" have passed laws that prohibit officials from sharing information with federal authorities about illegal immigrants who pass through the judicial system. "And he's made clear that he's open to having conversations about that". We're gonna get them out.