The Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration principles late Sunday that could threaten to derail a deal in Congress to allow of hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the country.
The administration’s wish-list includes the funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to sanctuary cities, according to a document distributed to Congress and obtained by The Washington Post.
Democrats immediately freaked-out.
The list released by the administration, however, would represent a major tightening of immigration laws. Cuts to legal immigration also are included.
White House aides described the proposals as a necessary step to protect public safety and jobs for American-born workers, which was a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign.
The number of immigrants who have attempted to enter the country illegally across the Mexican border has dropped sharply since Trump took office.