White House to release ‘legal framework’ for immigration Monday

The White House announced it will release a ‘legal framework’ for an immigration bill Monday.

The compromise that ended the government shutdown Monday included assurances that immigration reform would be addressed.

While Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said everything is off the table and immigration talks are starting over from scratch, there was a one page memo sent to republican legislators thursday that outlined a framework for that bill.

That memo outlines a 10-to 12-year path to citizenship for Dreamers enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, as well as those who are eligible for the program. The White House estimates that would encompass 1.8 million people.

Contingent on that program is $25 billion for a border wall. This would not necessarily mean a physical coast-to-coast wall but would include an increase in security, personnel and technology to secure the border.

Changes to the legal immigration system will also be addressed. This includes the elimination of the visa lottery system, which opponents claim to be “riddled with fraud and abuse.” Other changes included in the memo; changing immigration policies to prioritize family members “to spouses and minor children only.”