The White House on Thursday released an immigration proposal addressing issues such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, border security, chain migration and the visa lottery program.The proposal, released on the White House website, outlines a rough framework for Congress as it seeks to address immigration issues before the DACA program ends on March 5. A summary of the White House proposal is available here.

President Trump is proposing to give 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, including undocumented immigrants who meet the DACA criteria, but did not sign up, as well those that would be newly eligible under the proposal’s timeframe requirements.

The legalization of the 1.8 million qualifying participants is contingent upon a 10-12 year path to citizenship with requirements for work and education as well as clear eligibility requirements to mitigate fraud.  Status will also be subject to revocation for criminal conduct and national security concerns.

One of the more contentious pieces of the proposal is that the White House is also looking to close “legal loopholes” that will allow it to deport more immigrants, specifically as it relates to undocumented immigrants from countries that do not border the United States.

The White House immigration proposal also proposes $25 billion to fund a border wall system along the southern border of the United States and an end to family migration beyond spouses and minor children.  The diversity visa lottery would also be abolished though the visas would reallocated so that the backlog of people already waiting for family visas and highly-skilled immigration green cards would be processed.

Other provisions include reforms to entry and exit points meant to strengthen border security, appropriating additional funds to hire Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel.

The White House is indicating that the plan is a “compromise position” that it believes would get 60 votes in the Senate and then could be sent over to the House for additional improvement and modification.  Some White House officials have signaled that, while the framework should pass muster in the Senate, they did not expect it to be the basis for legislation in the House, saying it is “probably likely” that the two chambers will pass different bills and end up in conference.