Dem rep: Trump can’t be trusted to keep immigration promises

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) said Thursday that he doubts President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE will follow through on his administration's new plan to offer a pathway to citizenship for more than 1 million young immigrants.

"President can't be trusted to keep his word or maintain his position for more than a couple of hours," Gutiérrez tweeted.

"Every time hardliners inside and outside White House shift his position, we get farther from a deal to serve the will the American people to give Dreamers a way to live here legally."

In other tweets, Gutiérrez called the White House framework a "ransom for Dreamers" and said "it would be far cheaper to erect a 50-foot concrete statue of a middle finger and point it towards Latin America."

Senior administration officials said Thursday that the White House will hand the Senate a proposal to allow up to 1.8 million young immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship. 

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Officials who described the plan framed it as Congress's best chance to get a legislative fix for the estimated 690,000 young immigrants affected by Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Trump had slammed Senate Democrats for forcing a three-day government shutdown last weekend because a short-term funding bill did not include a legislative fix for DACA recipients.

The president previously said this week that he would be open to a plan for the "Dreamers" but would push forward on comprehensive immigration reform.

Trump's plan would allow young immigrants to enter a process for citizenship that could take between 10-12 years. In exchange, Trump is seeking $25 billion to fund his long-promised border wall with Mexico and heighten border security. 

Gutiérrez said last week that he was ready to give Trump the border wall if he allowed for new legal protections for the "Dreamers," and that he would even help build it.

“I’ll take a bucket, take bricks, and start building it myself,” Gutiérrez told reporters on Saturday. “We will dirty our hands in order for the Dreamers to have a clean future in America.” 

While Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE (D-N.Y.) originally offered border wall funding as part of a last-ditch plan to keep the government open last week, he later said that the funding was "off the table."