South Florida politicians react to Trump's immigration proposal

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South Florida politicians react to Trump's immigration proposal

Ward says "Dreamers" should only be given temporary status until a five-step plan is completed, including funding and building the border wall, eliminating family-based migration, also known as "chain migration", ending the diversity visa-lottery system, withholding funding from so-called "sanctuary cities", and implementing a mandatory e-verify employment check system.

Minutes after Trump's remarks Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham released a statement applauding the president's position, saying that he had "never felt better about our chances of finding a solution on immigration".

Just hours before the Trump administration reportedly announced their plans to Republicans in Congress, a top Senator signalled that any path to citizenship for any immigrants in the u.s. would make a deal dead on arrival.

White House officials said that the list of enhanced security measures — which have been on anti-immigration wish lists for decades — were nonnegotiable parts of their plan.

"If they do a great job, I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen", the president continued.

It is for the first time that Trump has publicly supported a path to citizenship for the "Dreamers" who are all undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children. "It's up to the Democrats but they should not be anxious", Trump said.

Miller's announcement expands the possibility of citizenship to all 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Many senators involved in the negotiations said they were buoyed by Trump's comments.

The path to citizenship would take 10 to 12 years and would include requirements for work, education and "good moral character".

"For some reason that to me is utterly inexplicable, we see Republicans falling all over themselves to gallop to the left of Obama in a way that is contrary to the promises made to the voters who elected us", Mr Cruz continued.

Schumer was referring to an offer he made Trump last week to authorize upward of $20 billion for a border wall, a signature campaign pledge for the President, in exchange for protecting recipients of DACA, young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. "I certainly have the right to that, if I want".

Congress' failure to secure a deal on immigration triggered a brief shutdown of the federal government over the weekend.

Including funding for a border wall in immigration reform talks could push away liberal Democrats from supporting long-term funding, but attract conservative Republicans to getting behind a deal.

Schumer urged the bipartisan group of senators to keep meeting and reach a "narrow" deal on the Dreamers and border security.

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