Trump managed to enrage everyone with his immigration reform proposal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 15:23
Under the end-the-shutdown deal, Congress is going to wrestle with immigration issues, including the Dreamer program, before February 8, when the deal on the shutdown expires and government funding is set to end.
The main thrust of the administration's proposal includes a pathway to citizenship for the almost 700,000 younger immigrants brought to this country as children by their parents who are protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
On January 9th, 2018, a federal judge ordered the USA government to keep DACA with the same conditions that were included before its repeal in September.
White House officials made clear that a deal could not only address DACA and the border wall but must also end a visa lottery program for certain countries and limit family sponsorship of immigrants to spouses and minor children - ending sponsorship for parents, older children and siblings.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said Hispanics would be hardest hit by that change.
The four-term congressman representing Waco voiced the party message in interviews with the Tribune-Herald on Thursday and Friday, emphasizing the four elements Republicans seek in immigration legislation: border security, protection for unauthorized immigrants under an Obama-era program, reform for family-based migration and reform for the diversity visa lottery. The administration also proposes to offer that opportunity to hundreds of thousands of other young immigrants who may qualify for that program but did not apply. The next day, a senior administration official described the White House plan as "extremely generous". "And ultimately we will remain vigilant and await the details of what the White House sends to the Senate on Monday to ensure that no money goes to enhancing the deportation machinery of DREAMers and their families, and that DREAMers do not become second class citizens through this process or be forced to make impossible choices between their future or that of their families".
"In effect, he's holding ransom these dreamers for racist, bigoted proposals that are contrary to the values of American and what built this country", said Congresswoman Frankel. Start with Democrats. How - what's the reaction been there? "It looks like President Trump has no intention of actually working on a bipartisan deal that protects Dreamers and makes sensible changes to our immigration laws". "That does not reflect America's values, and it is not good policy".
Jonathan Green, co-founder of the UndocuBlack Network, a group that fosters undocumented black immigrants, said during the conference call the proposal will have devastating consequences and does nothing to protect the 300,000 black immigrants in the country. It expands the amnesty from the 700,000 beneficiaries of DACA to a larger pool of 2 million, in exchange for more resources and legal authorities at the border and changes in the legal-immigration system. "None", Schatz said Thursday.
A conservative candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona has come out against a new White House proposal on immigration, saying that giving permanent legal status to "Dreamers" before building a southern border wall would amount to "amnesty". At a time when 10,000 Baby Boomers a year are retiring, when the labor market is tight, we need more workers badly. Their endorsement could help the White House shore up its right flank as it pressures moderate Senate Democrats to back the plan. David Perdue said after the release. That's not a deal we love, for two reasons.