White House to release immigration framework on Monday

The White House will be releasing a legislative framework on immigration Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"This framework will fulfill the four agreed upon pillars" of a deal, she said. "Securing the border, and closing legal loopholes, ending extended family chain migration, canceling the visa lottery, and providing a permanent solution on DACA."

Sanders declined to say whether such a framework would include a path to permanent citizenship for the approximately 800,000 undocumented young people who are currently protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. "We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor," she said.

Asked if such a bill would be able to pass the House of Representatives — where many Republicans say they refused to support a bill that would shield DACA recipients — Sanders replied, "We'd certainly like to think so."

Democrats are pushing to preserve protections for these "Dreamer" immigrants that Republican President Donald Trump has ordered rescinded, effective in March. Trump wants border security measures including his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border that Democrats oppose.

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