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Trump’s immigration proposal unites some from the left, and the right




Immigration activists and clergy members participate in a silent prayer walk in protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the U.S.
Immigration activists and clergy members participate in a silent prayer walk in protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside the U.S.
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President Trump released an immigration overhaul proposal yesterday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants who came to the country illegally, including the 700,000 so-called “DREAMers.”

In exchange, his proposal calls for $25 million to fund the border wall and other enforcement measures. In addition, Trump wants a major curtailment of legal immigration to the country. Under the plan, immigrants would only be allowed to sponsor their spouses and underage children to join them in the U.S., and not their parents, adult children or siblings.

Immediately, the proposal drew criticisms from the democrats. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the president's immigration proposal as a "wish list" for hard-liners on Friday. But the plan is also drawing fierce opposition from some on the Right, who take issue with the concession to the DREAMers.  

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at Center for Immigration Studies; she tweets @JessicaV_CIS

Isabel Sanchez, policy advocate for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)