WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senateâ€™s top Democrat dismissed President Donald Trumpâ€™s immigration proposal as a â€śwish listâ€ť for hard-liners on Friday as the plan drew harsh reviews from Democrats, immigration activists and some conservatives.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., expressed satisfaction that Trump had clarified his immigration goals, which have befuddled members of both parties and hindered progress in Congress. The White House plan unveiled Thursday offers a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in exchange for major restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security.
In a pair of tweets, Schumer expressed relief that Trump â€śfinally acknowledged that the Dreamers should be allowed to stay here and become citizens,â€ť a reference to those young immigrants. But he said Trumpâ€™s plan â€śuses them as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hardliners have advocated for for years.â€ť
Trump shot back with his own tweet, accusing Schumer of complicating the process. â€śDACA has been made increasingly difficult by the fact that Cryinâ€™ Chuck Schumer took such a beating over the shutdown that he is unable to act on immigration!â€ť he wrote.
The opposition was shared by some on the right, including conservative figure Richard Viguerie, who labeled the White House proposal the â€śTrump Amnesty Disasterâ€ť in an email. Roy Beck, the president of NumbersUSA, which seeks to limit legal immigration, called it a framework for â€śa mass amnesty.â€ť