White House To Reveal Its Own DACA Bill For Senate

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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The White House will announce its own bill which codifies DACA into law and fulfills its stated immigration priorities next Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at Wednesday’s White House briefing.

“This framework will fulfill the four agreed-upon pillars: securing the border and closing legal loopholes; ending extended-family chain migration; cancelling the visa lottery, and providing a permanent solution on DACA,” Sander’s statement said.

The press secretary gave scant information to reporters on what the permanent fix for the Obama-era protections for illegal immigrants will entail. Options include merely shielding these illegal immigrants from deportation and allowing them have work permits, grant them temporary protected status, or offer them a pathway to citizenship.

Trump has maintained his four immigration priorities throughout negotiations with democratic lawmakers over DACA. Democratic lawmakers, however, have been recalcitrant to appropriate the approximately $20 billion the White House has requested for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer vowed not to give into Trump’s demands for wall funding telling MSNBC Tuesday “god forbid, but the pictures of people being deported will rally the nation, and these more mainstream Republicans — admittedly, not a majority of the Republican Party. But enough, when they add them to Democrats, could pass the bill.”

The president reacted to the statement in a defiant tweet.

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