White House Floats Offer to Maintain Legal Immigration at 1 Million People Per Year Instead of Cutting It

As the Senate prepares to begin a free-wheeling debate over immigration next week, White House officials have begun floating a possible compromise idea — a pledge to maintain legal immigration at current levels, about 1.1 million people a year, for more than a decade.

Advocates participate at a march to oppose President Donald Trump's order to end DACA on Sept. 10, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Advocates participate at a march to oppose President Donald Trump’s order to end DACA on Sept. 10, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

President Trump has proposed a series of measures, including restrictions on family unification, which he calls “chain migration,” and an end to the visa lottery, that critics say ultimately could cut legal immigration to America by 40% or more.

But a White House official said Saturday that the Trump administration is working with allies in the Senate on a proposal that would create a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and that would clear the backlog of nearly 4 million sponsored relatives who currently are waiting for green cards.

The combined effort, officials said, would effectively make up for the cuts in other immigration categories for about 13 years, the official said. After that, if Congress takes no additional action to add or expand visa categories, the total number of people allowed to resettle in the U.S. each year likely would decline by hundreds of thousands.

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