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Trump announced he was ending DACA a year ago, but has given Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

According to Miller, the administration is asking for $25 billion in border wall funding (not coincidentally, that's what Chuck Schumer was offering the president on January 19 in the negotiations aimed at heading off a government shutdown); an end to the diversity visa lottery that provided a way into the country for many people from developing (or to use the president's term, "shithole") countries; a restriction of family-based immigration (the program would be limited to spouses and minor children of people already in the country); and significantly enhanced enforcement resources for non-border activities.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the administration's thinking on a contentious issue that has roiled lawmakers for months.

On Wednesday night, Mr. Trump held an impromptu press conference with reporters in Chief of Staff John Kelly's office in which he said that he was open to a pathway to citizenship after ten to twelve years for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Cornyn also said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Congress will need at least two more short-term spending deals before Democrats and Republicans can come to any sort of agreement to fund the government, raise spending caps, address immigration and DACA, and fund disaster relief. "Tell them they have nothing to worry about", he said. Republicans especially say the White House could be a vital partner in that and many say they're looking forward to the White House releasing its legislative priorities Monday.

While McConnell promised to bring a bill protecting so-called Dreamers up for debate and a vote on or before February 8, there are no guarantees. "We're grateful for the president showing leadership on this issue and believe his ideas will help us ultimately reach a balanced solution", Doug Andres said.

"I'm not anxious about what they say".

Hudson said he doesn't want a path to citizenship for the so-called Dreamers, but instead "some legal status that recognizes they didn't come through the proper status to get here".

The White House released details Thursday of what it characterized as a compromise framework on immigration for lawmakers to accept or reject.

Congress would have to allocate additional money to border guards and immigration judges, a figure that the Republican president pegged at $5 billion on Wednesday, but which White House officials said was up for further discussion.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii wrote on Twitter, "There is no public policy justification for cutting legal immigration in half". In a January 9 meeting with lawmakers, the president said he wanted to deal with the issue with "love".

But in exchange for helping some undocumented young people, Trump wants to enact policies that would affect countless more individuals, including immigrants in the US, people seeking to come here and even Americans who want to sponsor certain family members.

A White House official said Thursday that the administration anticipates the House will probably pass its own immigration bill that will have to merged with a Senate plan. "I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive of after a period of years being able to become a citizen", he said. The idea of severely restricting legal immigration - a cornerstone of the USA - isn't backed by all Republicans, either. Other relatives would be excluded.

President Donald Trump's budget director said Tuesday that the fate of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children "depends on what we get in exchange" in dealing with Democrats in Congress.

Among Republicans, Oklahoma Sen.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Thursday told reporters in the Capitol he didn't support legislation that would grant a pathway to citizenship after President Trump said he'd support such an approach speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday. "What you'd do is we would have their input, which would be wonderful, and see how their input matches up with where a lot of people on both sides of the aisle are".

"Let's call this proposal for what it is: a white supremacist ransom note".

The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, said the Trump plan used Dreamers as "bargaining chips for sweeping anti-immigrant policies".

Schumer had reportedly offered as much as US$25 billion (RM97.40 billion) for the wall, which was among the most prominent planks of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as part of an immigration deal.