WASHINGTON- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said concessions demanded by the Trump administration in exchange for support for legislation protecting DACA recipients from deportation are unreasonable.
“The Administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement Sunday evening.
“We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise,” they added.
The White House in an executive summary released Sunday said the administration’s immigration reform priorities include construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, cracking down on guests who over stay their visas, as well as working to: “end extended-family chain migration by limiting family-based green cards to include spouses and minor children.”
Democrats have long said they oppose building a border wall.
In addition, the party opposes mass deportation of undocumented immigrants without criminal records and reducing legal immigration.
The Trump Administration last month announced its intention to phase out DACA in six months.
Trump has said that if Congress does not act within the six-month window that he will take some sort of executive action.
Trump said in a tweet Tuesday that Democrats are not serious about border security.
The problem with agreeing to a policy on immigration is that the Democrats don't want secure borders,they don't care about safety for U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017