White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Thursday that President Trump will roll out his priorities for immigration reform by next Wednesday.
"The president will be laying out his responsible immigration plan over the next week," Sanders told reporters during the briefing.
Trump has said he would rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March, and encouraged Congress to pass legislation protecting immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. But Republicans have also said they expect Trump to support their push for tougher border security measures as part of that bill.
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the White House is expected to demand a reduction in legal immigration in return for a bill to help current DACA recipients. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller is writing a proposal that includes those provisions from the Raise Act.
That will was proposed by Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and it was backed by the White House. The bill calls for a merit-based visa system to replace the current one.
Three bills relating to DACA have been introduced in recent months, including the Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; the Dream Act by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.,; and the Succeed Act by GOP Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. However, the White House has not indicated whether it plans to include provisions from any of those bills in its proposal.Miller's recommendation will include language that would mandate state and local law enforcement carry out all immigration laws. It is also expected to call for billions of dollars in funding for border security, beds at immigration detention centers, and additional immigration judges to process a large backlog of cases.