President Trump publicly endorsed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, a notable moment placed midway through his speech. Trump and White House aides had hinted to reporters and lawmakers that the president would support citizenship for so-called “dreamers” who have been in the country illegally since they were children.
“Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States,” Trump said.
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It was a politically perilous moment for a president who campaigned on a hardline immigration agenda. Trump’s conservative base has rebelled over the White House’s immigration proposal, which also asks lawmakers for $25 billion for a border wall and sharp cuts to legal immigration programs
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