A longtime Democratic lawmaker thinks negotiating with President Donald Trump on immigration policy is "fanciful thinking" in the wake of the hard-line conservative proposals he announced late Sunday.
"The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations", they said.
The Trump administration has issued a list of hardline immigration demands that includes funding for a wall along the southern border and a crackdown on Central American minors as part of a deal to allow young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers to stay in the country legally.
The document was presented to members of Congress on Sunday night, and according to Reuters - who had access to the document containing the president's list of requirements - the "principles" for immigration proposed by Trump were "unsatisfactory for the Democrats". The proposal is widely seen as a non-starter for Democrats.
After repeated failures to pass the "Dream Act" - which would have provided a path to citizenship for those who later became DACA beneficiaries - the Obama administration revealed DACA on June 15, 2012.
Trump would also do away with the diversity visa lottery, which grants 50,000 visas to foreign nationals with no ties to the USA, and suggested he would favor reducing annual refugee admissions, which the administration said "needs to be realigned with American priorities". In exchange, he wanted some increased border security - but he said funding for his infamous border wall could wait. Under these principles, there will be restrictions for family-based green cards to spouses and minor children and there will also be a creation for a point-based system for legal immigration.More news: Russia, China call for restraint after Trump comment on North Korea
"DHS frontline personnel identified numerous principles outlined today, including closing loopholes in our ability to enforce immigration laws and eliminating the magnets for illegal immigration".
A senior White House official stated, "Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems".
Top congressional Democrats say the list is unreasonable and fails to represent any attempt at compromise. Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, wrote on Twitter, "When you make an offer you know the other side simply can not agree to, it is evidence that you don't actually want a deal".
Marc Short, Trump's legislative affairs director, said the wall and additional personnel were "essential to mitigate the legal and economic consequences of any grant of status to [Dreamers]". These are reasonable proposals that will build on the early success of President Trump's leadership.
Trump's untenable demands call into question his commitment to helping Dreamers.
The term Dreamers refers to undocumented migrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
But in a now familiar pattern on immigration, Trump has returned to his base. The president had every incentive to follow through on the agreement he reached with Schumer and Pelosi.
"I'm not saying we should shut down the government, but if you want a budget with Democratic votes, then it's got to have some Democratic priorities", Gutiérrez added.