Furthermore, he said, Congress should pass a version of the Dream Act immediately, regardless of whether other policy goals are fulfilled. Time is of the essence here, he said, because DACA protections will soon expire and young immigrants who benefitted from the program could lose their legal work permits in March 2018, being vulnerable to deportation and family separation.
However, Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said Trump's proposals are more of a "wish list to be in negotiations" rather than a hard set of demands that must be met for any Dream Act to be signed into law.
"I don't think that President Trump expects that Congress include every single of those 70 proposals in an immigration bill," he told CNA.
Aguilar at one point during the 2016 campaign supported Trump as a candidate, but withdrew his support in September during the campaign because of Trump's "restrictionist" immigration speech and plan to deport undocumented immigrants without criminal records.
Aguilar also noted that in his letter to Congress, Trump proposed "allowing, basically, an immigration officer at the border to remove any unaccompanied minor back to their home country."
The passage of the Dream Act is still on the table and has its supporters in both parties, Aguilar said.
"From my conversations in Congress and with some in the White House, I think there's a general understanding that the consensus has to be based on legislation that provides relief to Dreamers, and then resources for some interior enforcement and some border security," he said. Trump, he said, is "committed" to the passage of "legislation that provides relief to Dreamers."
In other immigration policies Trump called for on Sunday, the President is not taking the extreme positions that some make him out to be taking, Aguilar said.
For instance, he said Trump is not calling for an end to green cards for family members of citizens or lawful permanent residents, but just wants them limited to immediate family members and not extended family.
Calling for an E-Verify system is "a way for employers to know that the person applying for the job has legal status," Aguilar said.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has already been outspoken about some issues that Trump addressed in his policy proposals.
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Regarding the border wall proposal, Bishop Vasquez said in January that the construction of a wall "will put immigrant lives needlessly in harm's way," making them "more susceptible to traffickers and smugglers."
Bishops have also advocated for the U.S. to accept unaccompanied children coming to the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, saying that many are fleeing violence in their home countries and that sending them back home could be akin to sending a child back into a "burning building."
There is "abuse" within the system when it comes to asylum requests, Aguilar said, but "that doesn't mean we have to reduce the limits of refugees."
Rather, he said, policy should focus on accepting those who should be coming to the U.S., and securing the country against the entry of those who shouldn't be entering.
"Making those rules more strict, making it harder, doesn't mean that we're not going to be a compassionate country and grant asylum to people who really deserve it," he said of Trump's proposal of stricter laws on the entry of unaccompanied minors.
"The idea is to ensure that those people who are getting asylum are people who really deserve it."