Trump issues immigration demands

U.S. President Donald Trump descends the stairs of Air Force One using an umbrella in a heavy rain as he arrives for a fundraising event

The demands were denounced by Democratic leaders in Congress who had hoped to forge a deal with Trump to protect younger immigrants, known as "dreamers", who were brought to the USA illegally as children, reports PTI.

The White House wants funding for a border wall, additional immigration enforcement personnel, and a crackdown on unaccompanied minors arriving in the US, mainly from Central American countries.

And President Donald Trump says those policies "must be included" in any legislation addressing the status of immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The White House list is topped by "border security", which includes building a massive wall on the southern United States border that Mr Trump promised would be paid for by Mexico, which has said it will not do so.

Trump on Tuesday morning defended the hard-line immigration proposals issued by the White House, arguing that it would be challenging to work with Democrats on immigration. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", Schumer and Pelosi said.

Besides the apparent 180 on the apparent compromises made last month, the list expects to further tightens legal immigration to the country as well as an aide saying the administration was, "not interested in granting a path to citizenship", for DACA recipients.

But ending the program came with a six-month delay, giving lawmakers and the Trump administration time to work out a legislative fix. The measures from the White House range from restricting asylum protection and returning unaccompanied minors to expanding ways to circumvent parts of the deportation process.

As the new DACA legislation poses to be a herculean task for the Congress owing to the Democrats uncompromising stand of a clean bill without any attachments, President Trump has accused the opposition parry leaders of being retrogressive and unconcerned about the nation's weak borders.

In addition to full funding for a border wall, the president wants Congress to cut off federal grants for so-called sanctuary cities like Boulder and Denver.

"President Trump created a crisis for almost one million DREAMers when he unilaterally ended the DACA program to appease the most extreme anti-immigrant voices in his party", Crowley said in a statement. If he intends to stick to his list and demands that all of the items mentioned are fulfilled, a consensus will never be reached.

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, suggested the Administration was being hypocritical: while stressing the importance of strong families, he said, it is working to implement policies that would split immigrant youth from their parents.

The president has previously insisted the wall will go ahead and that he wants "massive border security" in exchange for a deal on DACA protections.

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