The Latest: Trump immigration bid doesn't include 'Dreamers'
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The Latest: Trump immigration bid doesn't include 'Dreamers'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders walks into the West Wing of the White House after speaking members of the media, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s immigration plan (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Donald Trump’s immigration plan doesn’t include young “Dreamer” immigrants because past plans involving them have failed.

Trump, who’s rolling out his plan later Thursday, has dismayed Democrats by trying to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

Sanders tells reporters that “every single time that we have put forward or anyone else has put forward any type of immigration plan that has included DACA it’s failed.”

Trump’s latest plan has been spearheaded by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. It focuses on border security and overhauling the legal immigration system to favour people with skills, rather than favouring family ties.

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12:05 a.m.

A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on bolstering border security and rethinking the green card system.

The shift would favour people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.

Trump is scheduled to roll out the plan Thursday afternoon at the White House. Democrats already criticizing it, and some Republicans have reservations as well.

The plan, as previewed by the White House, doesn’t address the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally. They include hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children. Their fate is a priority for Democrats.

The plan also doesn’t reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservatives would like to see.

The Associated Press

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