White House proposes path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million undocumented young people

Donald Trump.
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The White House delivered an outline of its proposal on immigration to members of Congress on Thursday, and it includes a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million undocumented young people brought to the United States as children.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller went over the proposal with congressional staffers, and said it was crafted in a way to ensure the 60 Senate votes necessary to break a potential filibuster. On Wednesday, President Trump said he was open to a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and Miller said this proposal covers more people than the 800,000 protected by DACA.

The proposal also calls for $25 billion for border security, including building parts of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; the end of a diversity visa lottery system; and the scaling back of family-based immigration, with U.S. citizens and green card holders able to sponsor only spouses and children under 18.

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