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President Trump walks out of the White House toward Marine One on the South Lawn on Monday. A new NPR/<em>PBS NewsHour/</em>Marist poll finds most Americans think Trump's response to Charlottesville events was "not strong enough."

The framework released Thursday has detractors on both sides of the political aisle — so is there room for compromise?

On Thursday, the White House released a skeleton-plan to reform the nation's immigration policies. It would provide a path to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 young people currently covered by the DACA program and about a million more young people who are now eligible.

But Trump's proposal now faces stiff opposition from Democrats. That's due, in part, to what the White House is asking for in return: a $25 billion trust fund for a border wall, expedited removal of people who overstay their visas, new limits on so-called chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery.

And that's just the Democrats. Republicans have objections too.

So is the White House proposal at least a step in the right direction? 

Take Two sought two different perspectives:

Jeremy Carl, research fellow for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University:

I'm not surprised that, in general, [Republican lawmakers] have been supportive. This is their president from their party. This has been a core issue for him, and they don't want to get on the wrong side of him.

On the other hand, I think a lot of the folks who are more concerned about border security issues were concerned that, even as an opening bid, this gave away a lot of things that they didn't feel that they needed to give away. And the question was: is that just a gambit because he's confident that the Democrats simply won't do anything? Or is that a serious bid to do something. 

Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano studies at the University of California in Irvine:

I think the changes to legal immigration — particularly family migration — are the hardest [for Democratic lawmakers to take]. Democrats seemed open to spending some money on border security. Whether it's called a wall or not is up in the air. 

I think they're open to changes to the visa lottery, but the legal immigration changes would take a lot of negotiation.

(Written answers have been edited for clarity).

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