To add pressure on Republicans, Schumer also said he wanted an immigration deal to be attached to must-pass budget legislation Congress will soon consider. It included Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), another leader of the bipartisan group, and four other House and Senate lawmakers.
Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, a member of the six-senator negotiating group, said after presenting the proposal at the White House that he hoped it would lead to "a breakthrough" on immigration.
While cruder and blunter than his past public statements, the president's comments were in keeping with his long-standing position that the US should shift its immigration policy away from poorer, developing countries, and instead focus on carefully selecting educated immigrants, especially from Europe, who can already speak English and have professional or technical skills needed in the U.S.
President Donald Trump has slammed a bipartisan immigration deal proposed by six senators to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants in the United States, calling it a big step backward.
Alsup cited a tweet Trump sent in late December, in which he demanded immigration-related concessions from Democrats in exchange for preserving DACA in some form. But conservatives have been pressing him to stand behind their efforts to curtail new immigration. "It is within the power of the legislature to enact a permanent solution for the dreamers", said South Texas College of Law Houston Constitutional Law Professor Josh Blackman.
"I'm not talking amnesty at all", Trump was quoted on Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.
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DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas.
But large majorities of Americans, including Democrats and Republicans, want Dreamers to stay. Senate negotiators were trying to get legislation assembled by next week so it could possibly be attached to a spending bill that Congress will have to pass to avoid government shutdowns after January 19.
It was the discussion about this provision that led to Trump's comments.
And finally, they are discussing eliminating the diversity visa lottery, which allows 50,000 slots for people to apply to emigrate to the US, and giving those slots to immigrants already in the USA with protected status, including those from El Salvador and Haiti whose protected status was eliminated. "It pits dreamers against their parents".
The New York Times reports that migrant shelters - which help provide assist to people who have just illegally crossed - are filling up as the number of crossings again rose to 2014 levels under former President Barack Obama. Also under consideration, according to congressional aides, is a plan to restructure the "diversity" immigrant visa program so that it no longer operates via a lottery system.
Immigration reform is now among the top legislative issues in Washington.
He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.