U.S. President Donald Trump drew the line on Friday at allowing chain migration in any possible immigration legislation he might negotiate with help from Democrats.
The president met on Wednesday with Democrats to reach a tentative agreement to protect 800,000 young undocumented from deportation. The so-called “dreamers” are facing a risk of deportation after the Trump administration announced the shutdown of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act (DACA).
At a White House dinner on Wednesday, the president met with the top Democratic leaders in Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and allegedly reached an agreement on the dreamers.
President says chain migration can’t be allowed amid DACA negotiations
The Democratic leaders said the deal included provisions to strengthen border security, but did not include anything on Trump’s long-desired wall between Mexico and the United States. However, on Friday morning, the president tweeted that “chain migration” will not be part of the deal.
Chain migration refers to a process by which legal U.S. residents sponsor members of their family, especially nonnuclear ones, who then can sponsor several more family members. The process has been widely criticized by certain groups, such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which claims chain migration it’s a significant factor in bringing large numbers of “low-skilled” immigrants to the U.S.
In March, FAIR published a study arguing that the problem with chain migration is that while the U.S. retains the ability to say “yes” or “no” to individual immigrants, “the pool of immigrants in self-selecting.”
Trump’s demands come days after a negotiation with Democrats over what to do about beneficiaries of DACA, which protects people who are in the country illegally after arriving in the U.S. as minors.
It’s unclear whether Democrats will accept Trump’s new ideas. On Thursday, Pelosi said a pathway to citizenship would be included in a bill to protect DACA recipients, which would allow “dreamers” to sponsor relatives after becoming U.S. citizens.
Trump condemns ESPN for not apologizing and ‘loser’ terrorists for London attack
Trump’s Friday morning Twitter activity was not narrowed down to the chain migration controversy. The president also tweeted against ESPN, as the network refused to dismiss an anchor after she called Trump a white extremist on Twitter.
Trump also posted a series of tweets condemning Friday’s terrorist attack in London, where an explosive device was detonated in a subway station. He called the terrorists “losers,” and took the opportunity to reinforce reasons for his travel ban.
“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!” he tweeted. “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific –but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”
On his final tweet on the matter, the president said that his administration had made more progress against ISIS than the Obama Administration did in 8 years, adding that they must be “proactive and nasty.”
Source: Business Inside