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'Don't worry': Trump lays out path to citizenship for Dreamers

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President Donald Trump speaks to a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Jan. 24 2018

"We're going to morph into it", the President told a group of reporters at the White House, when asked about citizenship for younger illegal immigrants who were DACA recipients.

Addressing the status of the Dreamers' parents, who brought them into America illegally, would be "tricky", Mr Trump said.

White House officials said Thursday the new proposal is "a compromise position that we believe ... will get 60 votes in the Senate" and "a framework that ultimately will lead to passage of a law".

President Trump Wednesday expressed optimism about reaching a bipartisan deal on immigration, suggesting he is even open to granting citizenship to Dreamers after a 10-to-12-year period as part of a comprehensive plan.

"I'm going to build it way under budget, but we're putting down $25 billion for the wall", Trump said.

This includes widespread bipartisan support for Dreamers. While they affix blame for their collective failure, they fail to see the American people want governance. "Now, it's up to the Democrats, but they should not be concerned".

"Border security-Democrats may not agree on the exact amount, but they certainly agree that there is a need for that in their willingness to do that".

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The White House's plan comes after the latest negotiations between the White House and lawmakers of both parties broke down, leading to a three-day government shutdown.

"After decades of inaction by Congress, it's time we work together to solve this issue once and for all", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told journalists.

The requests, detailed in what the White House is calling a "legislative framework", also include limiting family-based immigration to nuclear families and ending the visa lottery system put into place more than two decades ago.

Including funding for a border wall in immigration reform talks could push away liberal Democrats from supporting long-term funding, but attract conservative Republicans to getting behind a deal. "Protecting Dreamers is our moral obligation". But the number of younger illegal immigrants to be covered by the proposal is new, and far higher than the number that received DACA protections.

Democrats unsuccessfully sought to tie a solution to the DACA issue to a stop-gap measure to fund the federal government, but Republicans rejected the effort, leading to a shutdown from Saturday to Monday. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "Instead of $18 billion for a wall, how about we give you $5 billion to shut up and go back to Florida?"

President Donald Trump on Wednesday opened the door to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children, the first time he's explicitly said he'd accept a pathway to citizenship for them.

"It's going to happen at some point in the future", Trump said of the immigrants eligible for some version of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump has ended but is urging Congress to replace.

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