A new set of guidelines for immigrants will be unveiled by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as part of its effort to reduce illegal immigration in the US, the White House announced on Thursday.
The guidelines will be introduced on March 17, according to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who said they are designed to guide immigrants in their new role.
“This is not a time to be timid or scared,” she said.
“It is time to embrace the change.”
“Immigrants are part of our community, our nation, and the American Dream,” she added.
The announcement came as President Donald Trump has been struggling to convince voters in a presidential election that he can get his immigration reform bill passed.
Trump has been trying to sell his immigration plans as a way to improve economic security and improve public safety, but the White, House and congressional leaders have been under pressure from both sides of the aisle to hold up their promise of amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants in order to gain electoral votes.
“We’re not going to let up,” Nielsen said.
“We are going to keep pushing on until we achieve what we need to achieve.”
The guidelines are expected to be formally unveiled at the March 17 meeting of the Council on Immigration Relations (CIR), which is chaired by Nielsen.
The Trump administration has faced pressure to unveil immigration policy changes as early as possible after a series of attacks on public schools in the city of Milwaukee, in which one school resource officer was shot dead, and a Muslim couple was attacked with a knife at their home in suburban Kansas.
The White House and other Democratic leaders are pushing for a comprehensive immigration bill, including an end to sanctuary cities, a moratorium on the expansion of the US-Mexico border and an end on granting work permits to anyone who has been deported.
They also want to limit the number of foreign-born children brought to the US and require that foreign-raised children be automatically eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a program that was created to help working-class Americans.
Trump and his allies have been pushing for an immigration reform measure that would expand legal immigration and create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
But Trump has come under pressure to move quickly on immigration reform amid rising concerns about the threat of radicalisation among immigrant youths.
In the wake of the deadly rampage in Virginia last month, Trump and other White House officials urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would increase the number to 800,000.
They argued that such a massive increase would allow Congress to pass its own immigration bill without a single Republican vote.
But Republicans have balked at such proposals, and Trump has refused to take a stand on the issue.
Trump on Wednesday called for a crackdown on illegal immigration and said he would impose a ban on Muslim immigration.