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    Trump Sends New Proposals on Migration to Congressional Leaders

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    The White House has sent its proposals on immigration policy, including request for more funds for the border wall construction, to the leadership of the US Congress and received some feedback from officials.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The White House has sent its new proposals regulating immigration policy to the leadership of the US Congress, local media reported.

    The Hill reported on Sunday that the proposals had been sent to Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties in the Senate respectively, as well as to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader.

    The news outlet added that the proposals include request for more funds to finance the construction of a wall along the country's border with Mexico, as well as to hire more staff for the agencies working in the sphere of migration.

    The White House's initiative also includes more tough stance as for unaccompanied minors entering the United States and introduction of a merit based system limiting a chain migration to close family members, the media outlet added.

    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions welcomed the migration proposals and urged the Congress to approve them.

    "Now President Trump has put forth a series of proposals that will restore the rule of law to our immigration system, prioritize America's safety and security, and end the lawlessness… I applaud President Trump and urge Congress to listen to the American people and swiftly pass these commonsense proposals into law. The Department of Justice stands ready to continue making our neighborhoods and communities safe and secure again," Sessions said in a Sunday statement as quoted by the press services of the US Department of Justice.

    He also said that the implementation of the initiative would result in a drastic decline of undocumented migration into the country.

    Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke expressed hope that the US Congress would work with the DHS on laws that would include the provisions of the proposals.

    "DHS frontline personnel identified many of the principles outlined today, including closing loopholes in our ability to enforce immigration laws and eliminating the magnets for illegal immigration. I look forward to working with Congress on legislation that will enact many of these common sense and necessary reforms that will inevitably better secure our nation," Duke said in a Sunday statement, as quoted by the DHS press service.

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    The official added that the proposals include the measures that could assist the department's officials to enforce the country's immigration legislation and to secure the country's borders.

    Before the election and after winning the US presidential vote Trump made a number of statements pledging to take a more hardline position as for undocumented migration to the United States and to proceed with the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico among other issues.


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