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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump administration submits immigration proposal to Congress



From the day President Donald Trump announced his candidacy, cracking down on illegal immigration has been at the core of his campaign.

At his announcement speech, Trump said:

When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists.

But now his plan to curb illegal immigration has been laid out in <b>what he calls his 70-point plan</b>, sent to Congress Sunday.'

“The idea here is to basically get our immigration structures, processes back to where they should be,” said Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump aide.

Gorka was employed in the Trump White House as much of this plan was being crafted by Stephen Miller, a policy adviser to the President.

“The Offices of DHS, Customs and Border Patrol, ICE were basically prevented from doing their job. This 70- point plan gets them back to being able to being able to use the powers they have,” Gorka said.

Those powers include a few of the following changes:

  • More resources to return illegal border crossers
  • Restrict grants to so-called sanctuary cities
  • Harsher penalties for those who overstay their visas
  • Encourage merit-based immigration over family-based migration

But his proposal also includes completing the construction of a border wall, which Sen. Chuck Schumer said the President agreed to leave out when they met about the matter last month.

“We will never be for the wall. It’s expensive, it’s ineffective, and apparently it’s not being paid for by Mexico,” said the New York Democrat in a speech on the Senate floor last month.

In <b>a joint statement</b>, he and minority leader Nancy Pelosi said this list goes beyond what is reasonable and fails to represent any attempt at compromise.

by Kristine Frazao, Sinclair Broadcast Group

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