Washington, Jan 25: President Dold Trump has said he is open to a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” if Congress agrees to fund his proposed wall on the Mexican border.
Trump says he's open to citizenship for 'Dreamers'
In exchange for creating a path to citizenship for the young undocumented migrants brought to the US as children, Trump wants Congress to approve $30 billion in funding for border security, including $25 billion for building a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that if lawmakers in Congress cannot reach an agreement for the 800,000 Dreamers, he could extend the deadline for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme protecting them from deportation beyond March 5.
Trump said he would allow “Dreamers” to “morph into” citizens over a period of time, the New York Times reported.
However, the President tweeted that “if there is no Wall, there is no DACA”. He told reporters that the wall could be less than the $25 billion he was requesting since it would run for some 800 miles along the border, rather than along the entire 1,989-mile frontier.
Trump issued the Twitter warning about the wall one day after Sete Minority Leader Chuck Schumer withdrew his offer to provide funds for building the barrier. Democrats are demanding that Republicans approve an immigration agreement that would provide a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, but the President is demanding that in exchange for that funds be allocated to build the border wall. (IANS)