Josh Gerstein from Politico may be right that the immigration wish list is like a presidential budget, in that Congress won't necessarily be guided by it, but I suspect it's more significant than that.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that it shows Trump "can't be serious" about reaching a deal if they start with proposals that are "anathema" to immigrants and Democrats.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-New Mexico) also slammed Trump's proposal and said his "draconian and anti-immigrant principles jeopardize the bi-partisan, bi-cameral progress that has been made to pass a legislative solution that will protect almost 800,000 Dreamers", according to Fox News. He has suggested that he would act if Congress could not, though he has not been clear about what, exactly, that would mean.
Many on the right were outraged last month when top congressional Democrats announced they'd struck a deal with President Donald Trump to protect almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation.
The principles laid out by the White House are comprehensive and detailed, and it would take a lot more space to go through all of them.
If enacted, the White House priorities could result in the deportation of Dreamers' parents.
The White House's list of immigration priorities to Congressional leaders Sunday aims quite high.
That date, the congressman said, "is going to be a moment of definition" for Democrats. The White House has occasionally used "wall" to describe existing border fencing, and has acknowledged that some (perhaps a lot) of the US/Mexico border doesn't need a total physical barrier.
Cracking down on asylum-seekers - particularly Central American children and families.
President Trump also wants legislation that would block so-called sanctuary cities from getting federal grants or entering cooperative agreements with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Then he said, "If there's not a wall, we're doing nothing".
-Make it easier to deport unaccompanied minor children caught crossing the border.
India has expressed concern over the future of H1-B visas because Trump had said during his election campaign that he would limit them because he asserted they affected the employment prospects of Americans. The programs shielded beneficiaries from deportation and allowed them to work legally in the United States.
He also requested funding to hire thousands more immigration officers. Until now, Republicans figured that Trump had made a decision to look for a deal wherever he could make one, and DACA would be one of the lower-hanging fruit on the legislative tree.
Severely restricting family-based legal immigration. They also emphasized that they expect Congress to include the principles in any package deal, The Washington Post reports. But the White House isn't abandoning the idea: it wants Congress to end "chain migration" of family members, and replace it with a "merit-based" immigration system.
They included a complete overhaul of the green-card system that would limit family-based green cards to spouses and the minor children of USA citizens and lawful permanent residents as part of an effort to end "chain migration".