I want border-wall funding, green-card reform for DACA

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 Mr. Trump to protect younger immigrants, known as "dreamers", who were brought to the US illegally as children.

Before the election and after winning the USA presidential vote Trump made a number of statements pledging to take a more hardline position as for undocumented migration to the United States and to proceed with the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico among other issues.

Explaining the request for a merit-based immigration system, the White House said they were to "establish a point-based system for awarding green cards that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, encourages assimilation, and ensures the financial self-sufficiency of newcomers".

But the White House Sunday stopped short of offering the 800,000 recipients a chance to become full U.S. citizens, rather just legal status. The president said that he is willing to support DACA if Congress funds a border wall as well as his other proposals for immigration reform. Trump has conceded in recent weeks that much of the frontier is too rugged or remote to require a wall.

'I warned Democrats not to negotiate, to say that what we wanted was a clean DREAM Act, ' Gutierrez said in an interview with The Washington Post. A major component of that agreement was President Trump's willingness to take funding the border wall off the table, when it came to DACA legislation.

In the end, we have a president who is using the border wall, the lives of innocent children fleeing their home countries at grave danger to themselves, and the erasure of any even vaguely "safe space" for immigrants in America as bargaining chips for DACA protection. It sets out the policies that the White House wants to be part of any immigration deal.

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"We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures", the letter continued. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise", Pelosi and Schumer added. Along with a border wall, the president told Congress he believes their legislation should crack down unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. And the White House urged lawmakers to limit the visas it grants to immigrants' family members, part of a shift to a merit-based system for awarding green cards.

Now the White House has sent congressional leaders a list of immigration demands that is nearly the complete opposite of what he told Democrats he was looking for in exchange for extending DACA.

Pelosi and Schumer say these proposals are a clear break with what they believe was agreed to during that dinner at the White House.

The proposals also included doing away with the 50,000 "diversity visas" that the U.S. can grant every year through a lottery to applicants from countries outside the list of usual suspects, which do not send as many immigrants to America.

The White House also stressed it believes the President is making a "good faith effort" at bipartisan compromise - noting that it sent the immigration principles to both Democratic and Republican leadership of Congress and relevant committees.

Democratic leaders immediately cried foul at the list of demands that was released by the White House late on Sunday, saying it was a far cry from what they had discussed last month over Chinese food, when it seemed the foundations were laid out for a deal to protect "Dreamers".

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