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The administration also called on Congress to change the current USA legal immigration system by limiting the varieties of permanent residents that an American citizen citizen could sponsor and transforming green cards into a merit-based point system.

"The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations".

For the president, the bargaining chip is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The document was presented to members of Congress on Sunday night, and according to Reuters - who had access to the document containing the president's list of requirements - the "principles" for immigration proposed by Trump were "unsatisfactory for the Democrats".

"But a White House aid told the Washington Post that the administration is" not interested in granting a path to citizenship", which some Democrats say is a priority.

Trump's list of demands included overhauling the country's green-card system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country, and building his promised wall along the southern border.

About 690,000 immigrants are enrolled in DACA, but their work permits are set to begin expiring in March.

Democratic lawmakers say the Trump Administration's list of demands on a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented people brought to the U.S.as children is full of dealbreakers.

Trump has given Congress six months to find a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

But the president has long made a wall the centerpiece of his immigration reform, insisting it must be a part of any legislation to protect dreamers like Greisa Martinez Rosa from deportation. "This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise".

"Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end", Trump said in the letter. It is a dealing that would offer restrictions in line with just how much the border security measures the dreamers would ask from the government. All in all, the proposals "amount to a Christmas-in-October wish list for immigration hard-liners inside the White House", notes the New York Times.

Schumer and Pelosi's frustrated response was about right, but when Rep. Gutierrez added his voice, he took the criticism to a maddening, fever pitch level.

Trump has made toughening immigration regulations a central part of his first year in office, also issuing several versions of a controversial travel ban that has been criticised for targeting Muslim-majority countries and subject to numerous legal challenges.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I. And I said, if we can get something to happen, we're going to sign it, and we're going to make it.