Democrats, who already were poised to turn down President Donald Trump’s proposal to pass his $5.7 billion funding request for a border wall in return for temporary protections for some Dreamers, have additional reasons to reject it, as the Senate Republican spending bill contains hard-line immigration changes such as restricting asylum, Politico reported on Tuesday.
“This is a Stephen Miller special,” said Kerri Talbot, a director with Immigration Hub. “It’s a Trojan horse with many extreme immigration proposals included.”
The apparent continued stalemate comes as the partial shutdown of the federal government reached its 32nd day on Tuesday.
Advocates for a more lenient policy towards migrants joined in on the criticism of the GOP plan.
“Hard to see this as anything but bad faith,” tweeted Philip Wolgin, managing director of the immigration program at the liberal Center for American Progress.
He added that instead of proposing some reasonable compromise in the form of money for a border wall in exchange for protections for certain undocumented immigrants, the legislation instead contained “pages of new restrictions.”
One such policy change in the bill cited by critics would almost completely bar Central American minors from seeking asylum at the border with Mexico. Instead, children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala would need to apply for asylum from their home countries.
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