MMPA News Release: White House Immigration Proposal Pits Dreamers (DACA) Children Against Their parents and siblings.
January 26, 2018,
On January 25, 2017, the Trump administration released a bullet point list of requirements for a limited immigration reform. The plan limits family based petitions to just spouses and children, doing away with long-ago establish visa petitions for siblings, parents, and adult sons and daughters. The plan also does away with the diversity visa categories, also known as the visa lottery. Additionally, the plan provides $25 billion in funding for border security measures. In exchange for all of this, the Trump administration would allow dreamers or children presently protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to gain resident status and possible citizenship in 10-12 years.
The plan is an unpalatable wish list of reforms long-sought by anti-immigrant groups. While it is unlikely that the proposal would gain approval from congress, immigrants who might presently benefit from petitions filed by their parents, adult children, or siblings should move quickly to file these petitions.