Washington, Feb 2: US President Dold Trump has insisted in remarks before Republican lawmakers that the young undocumented foreigners who came to this country as children should not be called “Dreamers,” advising people not to “fall into that trap.”.
He referred to the situation of undocumented migrants who came to this country as children and who have been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which he cancelled and which expires on March 5. Last September, when Trump decided to end the DACA program implemented by former President Barack Obama and which has shielded some 800,000 young people from deportation, the mogul instructed Congress to find a permanent legislative solution for that group by March 5.
Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating for months on an altertive to DACA and several weeks ago they reached an agreement in principle that fulfilled the requirements origilly demanded by the White House, but the president then refused to give it the green light.
In exchange, the White House last week presented its own proposal, taking a much harsher line regarding border security, elimiting the possibility of family reunification and the visa lottery, but creating a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young foreigners.
Trump went on to urge the Republican-controlled Sete to bring his immigration proposal to a vote, knowing that congressiol debates on it will begin in the coming weeks.The debate on how to regularize the immigration status of the young people - due to lack of consensus among lawmakers from the two parties - led to a partial government shutdown two weeks ago. (IANS)