Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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President Donald Trump sees the immigration issue as one big negotiation.

First you do something dramatic to shake things up and put the other side on unsure footing.

A couple days ago, the Trump administration withdrew Temporary Protected Status from about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who had been offered shelter by the George W. Bush administration in 2001. They'll have to find a way to obtain a green card, head home or be removed.

Then you gather the interested parties in a room and force them to strike a deal, assuring them that you'll go along with whatever consensus emerges.

On Tuesday, Trump called congressional Republican and Democratic leaders to the White House and laid out his final terms for a deal that would protect recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from being deported when the program expires on March 5.

The president's demands included:

* Funding for the U.S.Mexico border wall.

* An end to socalled chain migration.

* The elimination of the immigrant lottery system, which makes getting into the United States a game of chance.

Trump also expressed support for a new system that would amount to affirmative action for immigrants who are well educated and highly skilled.

The Republicans at the meeting also called for a crackdown on those fabled "sanctuary cities" where the undocumented are supposedly untouchable.

Meanwhile in California, many people are focused on the fate of a detained college student who happens to be an undocumented immigrant.

Luis Mora was recently apprehended at a border checkpoint while visiting family and friends near San Diego.

The 20yearold junior at the University of California, Berkeley - whose visa expired years ago and who applied for DACA protection but was denied - was transferred to ICE custody.

He awaits deportation to his native Colombia, where he hasn't lived since he was 11.

Why remove someone who identifies more with the U. …

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