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Trump: Dems opposing immigration plan support 'open borders'

Trump: Dems opposing immigration plan support 'open borders'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE on Tuesday accused Democrats who oppose his immigration proposal of advocating for "open borders" and failing to take seriously the effort to enshrine into law legal protections for "Dreamers," immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

In a tweet, Trump cited a Harvard-Harris poll putting support for his immigration priorities at roughly 65 percent and reiterated his demand that any legislative deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would need to boost border security, end family-based immigration and do away with the diversity lottery program.

"Polling shows nearly 7 in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes DACA, fully secures the border, ends chain migration & cancels the visa lottery," he tweeted. "If D’s oppose this deal, they aren’t serious about DACA-they just want open borders."

Trump's immigration proposal would offer a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers in exchange for billions of dollars in funding for his long-promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

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In a follow-up tweet on Tuesday, Trump called for a merit-based immigration system that would end family-based immigration and the diversity lottery program, which provides a limited number of visas to people from countries with low levels of immigration to the U.S.

But many Democrats have already indicated that the president's plan is a non-starter. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Overnight Defense: GOP plays hardball by attaching defense funding to CR | US reportedly drawing down in Iraq | Russia, US meet arms treaty deadline | Why the military wants 6B from Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) has accused Trump of using a possible path to citizenship for Dreamers as a "tool to tear apart our legal immigration system."