(CNSNews.com) – The White House said it will reveal on Monday a “legislative framework” that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress can support on the issue of immigration reform.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement on the matter from President Donald Trump to reporters Wednesday:
“Last fall, the White House sent Congress a list of the core reforms necessary to fix our immigration system. These reforms were assembled in coordination with frontline law enforcement officers and career public servants who know what is necessary to keep America safe.
“Since that time, President Donald J. Trump and his administration have hosted dozens of meetings with Republican and Democrat leadership, and rank-and-file members of the House and Senate, to discuss these reforms and find a bipartisan path forward. Based on these negotiations, the White House will release a legislative framework on Monday that represents a compromise that members of both parties can support. We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor.
This framework will fulfill the four agreed-upon pillars: securing the border and closing legal loopholes; ending extended-family chain migration; cancelling the visa lottery; and providing a permanent solution on DACA. After decades of inaction by Congress, it’s time we work together to solve this issue once and for all. The American people deserve no less."
When asked whether that framework will include “a path to citizenship” for DACA recipients, Sanders refused to say.
Later that day, prior to leaving on his trip to Davos, Switzerland, however, Trump told reporters he would be open to giving DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship “over a period of 10 to 12 years…if they do a great job.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) welcomed the news, saying he appreciated the president “making it clear that he supports a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.”
Not only does the president’s statement represent “presidential leadership on immigration,” but it will allow Congress “to solve a difficult problem,” Graham said.
“This will greatly help the Senate efforts to craft a proposal which President Trump can sign into law,” he said.
“President Trump’s support for a pathway to citizenship will help us get strong border security measures as we work to modernize a broken immigration system. With this strong statement by President Trump, I have never felt better about our chances of finding a solution on immigration,” Graham said.
“President Obama tried and couldn’t fix immigration. President Bush tried and couldn’t do it. I believe President Trump can. Today’s DACA recipients can be tomorrow’s Trump Dreamers,” the senator said. “Finally with this statement we are on track to solving the immigration problem which is the political key to rebuilding our military.”