Friday, September 17, 2021

Trump weighs temporary fix for Dreamers in exchange for wall funding

Thousands protest to critizice President Donald Trump and the Congress for not having solved the situation of almost 700 thousand undocumented youngsters under DACA, known as ‘dreamers’, in Washington DC, United States, 05 March 2018. Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme back in September and gave Congress the dealdline of 05 March to regulate the situation of its recipients. EFE

Washington, Mar 14 (EFE).- US President Donald Trump is open to an agreement to find a temporary solution for undocumented youths known as “Dreamers” in exchange for funding to build a border wall, a White House source told EFE on Wednesday.

White House officials are negotiating with Congress to find a bipartisan solution to the issues of Dreamers and the wall, which could become part of a budget measure that lawmakers must pass before March 23.

The White House source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the president is looking for a permanent solution, but that he is also willing to negotiate a provisional agreement.

The source did not say what such an agreement would look like, as it is still being negotiated, but confirmed that the White House is willing to restrict the negotiation exclusively to the issues of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the wall.

This would exclude two of Trump’s former demands: eliminating the diversity visa lottery, a program that grants 50,000 immigrant visas per year, and putting additional limits on family reunification visas.

Those two points generated considerable backlash from Democrats in February, when Congress and the White House failed to reach an agreement to replace DACA, established in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama to give certain undocumented migrants who entered the US as minors a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and a work permit.

Trump had initially offered a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million undocumented youths – outnumbering the close to 700,000 DACA recipients – in exchange for the two visa-program reforms and $25 billion over a decade to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Although Trump had announced the end of DACA, establishing March 5 as the date when recipients would begin to lose their protections, the program has been temporarily upheld by several courts, which have ordered the government to continue to accept new applicants as well as renewals.