President Trump Extends Pathway To Citizenship To Over 1.8Million Undocumented Immigrants While Striking A Hardline Bargain On Legal Immigration

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In an unprecedented move on Thursday just when DACA recipients and politicians were still digesting the possibility for a solution to the fate of over 700,000 DACA recipients, President Donald Trump threw another curve ball in the mix offering a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. In return the administration is asking for what many consider an annihilation of legal immigration as traditionally known that will drastically cut down on family reunification visas beyond spouses and minor children, the abolishing or reallocation of the diversity visa lottery and $25 billion for border security and building the President’s much promised wall.

This new stance considered by the President as a compromise is however seen as not so palatable to immigration advocates, Democrats, immigration hardline Republicans and a setback to any favorable outcome on immigration reform as whole. In the meantime the fate of DACA recipients and millions more remain in limbo as both sides gear up for a contentious debate hereon up.

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