Warren rips Trump immigration proposal: It's 'insulting'

Warren rips Trump immigration proposal: It's 'insulting'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFortune 500 CEOs: The professional athletes of corporate America The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race MORE (D-Mass.) ripped the immigration proposal unveiled by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going 'very well' Freed American 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after being released from Venezuela Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California MORE’s White House on Thursday, calling the plan “insulting.”

“By ending DACA, @realdonaldtrump subjected 800k Dreamers to deportation. Now he wants to hold them hostage to Steven Miller’s anti-immigrant wish list. It’s insulting,” Warren wrote on Twitter. “We already have a bipartisan solution to the Trump-created crisis: it’s called the Dream Act. #DreamActNow”

The White House unveiled details of the immigration plan Thursday. The plan includes a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,  even if they have not applied.

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In exchange for those protections, Trump will seek $25 billion in funding for his wall and other border security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money would be placed in a trust fund, preventing it from being reallocated by future Congresses.

The plan also includes changes to the legal immigration system, including barring U.S. citizens and permanent residents from sponsoring any family members for migration to the U.S. besides spouses and minor children.

The plan has won some praise from Republicans, including Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate confirms Haspel to head CIA Democrats urge colleagues to oppose prison reform bill Trump-backed prison reforms face major obstacles in Senate MORE (R-Ark.) and Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.).

But Trump’s proposal has drawn heat from some conservatives, including the conservative Heritage Action group, which called the plan a “nonstarter.”

Trump’s plan was also panned by Democrats, with Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThe Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump close the deal with North Korea? Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (D-N.J.) calling it “dead on arrival” and Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzNASA head: ‘No reason to doubt’ climate change science Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk MORE (D-Hawaii) saying there is “no public policy justification” for the proposed legal immigration changes.