The Trump administration’s controversial immigration proposal—leaked to the press on Thursday—was officially unveiled Monday, and before the plan had even hit inboxes across D.C., the plan had come under attack from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and both conservative groups that favor strict immigration controls and those that advocate for immigrants’ rights.
“Leaders on both sides of the aisle continue to tell me that we all agree on the problem. We all want to secure our borders. We all want to help immigrants brought to the U.S. as children,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a speech Monday at a Washington think tank. “The devil is in the details.”
The disagreements dividing Congress and the country, however, go beyond the details. Immigration hardliners argue that granting a decade-long path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children is “amnesty,” while progressives say Trump’s call for ending most family-based immigration is “hateful” and a political non-starter.
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