(National Sentinel) REAL Immigration Reform: President Donald J. Trump on Sunday sent a new 70-point immigration reform plan to Congress, urging lawmakers to help get control of the nation’s borders while dramatically curbing illegal immigration.
As reported by the Washington Times, the plan has teeth and represents the first true immigration “reform” effort in decades:
Determined to finally solve illegal immigration, the White House submitted a 70-point enforcement plan to Congress Sunday proposing the stiffest reforms ever offered by an administration — including a massive rewrite of the law in order to eliminate loopholes illegal immigrants have exploited to gain a foothold in the U.S.
The plans, seen by The Washington Times, include President Trump’s calls for a border wall, more deportation agents, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and stricter limits to chain migration — all issues the White House says need to be part of any bill Congress passes to legalize illegal immigrant “Dreamers” currently protected by the Obama-era deportation amnesty known as DACA.
But the plans break serious new ground on the legal front, giving federal agents more leeway to deny illegal immigrants at the border, to arrest and hold them when they’re spotted in the interior, and to deport them more speedily. The goal, the White House said, is to ensure major changes to border security, interior enforcement, and the legal immigration system.
“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a senior White House official told the Times. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”
DACA is the so-called “dreamers” policy deferring legal action against younger illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by parents when they were children. The plan was implemented via executive order by President Obama and is widely viewed as unconstitutional because it alters existing immigration law. Several states have filed legal challenges to the policy and many legal experts believe the government will lose the case if it proceeds.
Last month Trump signed an executive order ending the program, saying he really “had no choice.” In a statement, he said:
As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.
In ending the program, Trump gave Congress six months to address the issue of keeping young illegal immigrants in the country legally, but obviously, to get his cooperation, Congress is going to have to give the president some of what he wants as well.
Regarding the president’s so-called immigration reform “wish list,” the Times noted further:
The White House said the list was built from the ground up, with input from the Justice, State and Labor Departments and the three main immigration agencies at Homeland Security, each of whom was asked what tools they needed to finally get a handle on illegal immigration.
Ideas poured in, ranging cracking down on sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants — a long-running battle — to new proposals, such as doling out assistance to other in the Western Hemisphere, enlisting them as partners in the effort to stop illegal immigrants heading north.
Also on the list are proposals that have been included in past immigration bills that garnered bipartisan support such as canceling the annual visa lottery that doles out 50,000 green cards at random, and requiring all businesses to use E-Verify, the government’s currently voluntary system for checking to make sure new hires are legally eligible to work.
Majority Republicans have long pushed for stricter immigration reform that focuses more on security; they’ll now have a chance to make good on their promises or punt the issue like they did Obamacare repeal and risk voter wrath at the next primary.
“Congress doesn’t need an excuse to pass laws that make our streets safer or our country safer or make our jobs more secure. It’s just the right thing to do,” the White House official told the Times.
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