(CNSNews.com) - In a tweet on Saturday, President Trump gave two reasons for offering a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million "dreamers," a much larger population than the 690,000 DACA enrollees.
"I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!"
On Sunday, the president's congressional liaison Marc Short discussed the president's big plan on immigration:
We started by saying we want to protect the 690,000 people who have permits under DACA, meaning people age 16 to 36, who have work permits who are in this country, producing, contributing to our economy. We, of course, want to protect them. We don't want to send them away.
But Democrats said that population should be larger. We should consider those who are eligible but were afraid to apply. We should also go back to 2012, which is when Obama put in place his unconstitutional order.
The president did all of those things because he saying it's time that we fix the other issues too. Americans want to keep our border secure, end chain migration and the visa lottery program.
Short said the Trump White House is "anxious to get a deal," but it's up to Democrats to make it happen.
Some Democrats object to Trump's curbs on chain migration and his call to end the diversity visa lottery. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump's plan is intended to "make America white again."
On the other hand, many conservatives object to amnesty for 1.8 million people who came to the country illegally.
Chris Wallace, the host of "Fox News Sunday," said even President Obama did not give dreamers a path to citizenship when he created his DACA program in 2012. Wallace asked Short, "Isn't what you are offering...isn't it more lenient?"
"Two points," Short responded. "One is that we feel that it is certainly worth it if we can help to fix this problem once and for all."
Short also pointed to the recent televised meeting at the White House. "When the president had 20 members of Congress over, he said, I will provide cover from our side on this issue. The question is, are Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi going to provide cover to their members from the radical left-leaning base? So far, they are not showing the same leadership, Chris."
Wallace also asked Short if Trump thinks he can win over conservatives who oppose a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens:
"So far, we've had positive reinforcements from Senator David Perdue, Senator Tom Cotton," Short replied. "These are not exactly doves on the immigration -- on the issue of immigration. They are pretty hawkish on it. I think conservatives recognize the benefit to really securing our border and helping to fix these long term problems.
"So, yes, I think we're going to get widespread support on our side," Short said. "When you say that you are going to secure the border, end chain migration end the visa lottery and provide this pathway and fix it, 70 percent of Americans agree. It's not a policy issue. It's a politics question."