BREAKING: White House Officially Wants Path to Citizenship for 1.8 Million Illegal Immigrants

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Posted: Jan 25, 2018 5:30 PM
BREAKING: White House Officially Wants Path to Citizenship for 1.8 Million Illegal Immigrants

The White House officially delivered President Trump's immigration framework to lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon and outlined the details of the plan in a background call with reporters. 

As White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders laid out during the daily briefing Wednesday, the framework includes four principles previously required by the administration: A permanent DACA fix, an end to chain migration, an end to the visa lottery program and funding for the border wall. 

According to White House officials a path to citizenship will be offered to individuals who have applied for DACA, in addition those eligible for the program but haven't applied or put themselves into the system. This amnesty would apply to approximately 1.8 million people. It was not revealed whether the parents of DACA recipients will also be granted protected status.

In terms of funding for the wall, the White House is requesting $25 billion from Congress. 

"This is a compromise position that we believe will get 60 votes in the Senate," one White House official said, adding changes may be made in the House.

Before leaving for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump expressed support for a DACA fix that eventually allowed for recipients to become U.S. citizens. 

The full proposal will be released to the public on Monday, just one day before President Trump gives his first State of the Union address.

"Last fall the White House sent Congress a list of the core reforms necessary to fix our immigration system. These reforms were assembled in coordination with front line law enforcement officers and career public servants who know what is necessary to keep America safe. Since that time, President Donald J. Trump and his administration have hosted dozens of meetings with Republican and Democrat leadership and rank and file members of the House and Senate to discuss these reforms to find a bipartisan path forward," Sanders said Wednesday.

"Based on these negotiations, the White House will release a legislative framework on Monday that represents a compromise that members of both parties can support. We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor," she continued. "This framework will include the four agreed upon pillars: securing the border and closing legal loopholes, ending extended family chain migration, canceling the visa lottery and providing a permanent solution on DACA."