President Donald Trump has angered many of his followers by promoting a way for more than 1.8 million Dreamers to attain citizenship in the United States.
The President’s recent actions have acquired him the nickname “Amnesty Don” from the popular conservative news website, Brietbart.
Trump is offering a passageway for the illegal immigrants, who were brought here when they were children, in exchange for $25 billion to build the U.S./Mexico border wall.
Trump’s final decision on this matter will affect the Republican party either way. If he bends to Congress and compromises, his standing among Hispanic voters will be solid. However, in doing so he may lose the people who have supported him thus far.
“There’s a Trump movement. And It’s not necessarily about Donald Trump,” said Corey Stewart, a Republican Senate candidate in Virginia and a vocal Trump ally. “It’s about the things that Donald Trump campaigned and stood for during his campaign. Ultimately, every elected leader needs to stay true to the message that they ran on, otherwise people will leave them,” the Daily Mail reported.
On Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump told reporters that he would support citizenship for DACA recipients “over a period of 10 to 12 years.”
Republicans in Congress had mixed feelings about the President’s latest plans. While some agreed with Trump, one Republican congressman had these strong words for a Politico journalist; “This is the beginning of the end of the GOP majority in the House. In a year when the Democrats impeach Trump, we can point to this moment.”
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a liberal Democrat, tweeted that Trump’s proposal is “insulting.”
By ending DACA, @realdonaldtrump subjected 800k Dreamers to deportation. Now he wants to hold them hostage to Steven Miller’s anti-immigrant wish list. It’s insulting. We already have a bipartisan solution to the Trump-created crisis: it’s called the Dream Act. #DreamActNow
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 25, 2018
The proposal is due to go public on Monday, just one day before the President delivers his first State of the Union Address.