By Jon Dougherty
The White House will release a major new immigration overhaul plan that will include a merit-based system in the coming weeks, according to administration officials who say the final touches are being put in place.
“We’re working through that process [immigration plan] I expect that to be over the next couple of weeks when that plan will be rolled out. In the meantime, we’re still calling on Congress to fix some of the immediate things that could be done,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said during an interview with Fox and Friends Monday morning.
“The border is completely broken. We’re seeing that more and more every single day. There is a true humanitarian crisis at the border that has to be addressed. We have children coming in record numbers, unaccompanied minors. It’s just skyrocketing. It is inhumane what is taking place and the fact that Democrats aren’t willing to work with the President to help us stop that,” she added.
The plan comes as Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection officials and agents continue to be overrun by illegal aliens seeking ‘asylum’ along the U.S.-Mexico border.
After it’s finished, the White House will send the plan to Capitol Hill for consideration — where it will be summarily laughed at and criticized by Democrats (and, sadly, some Republicans) and die a quick death, we predict.
However, the plan will serve as a campaign platform not only for the president in 2020 but also for Republicans and even some Democrats who will be forced to address it because the vast majority of Americans will likely support it, given what’s been taking place on the border for months.
The president also weighed in on the issue over the weekend:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 29, 2019
And while many of the president’s supporters seem to be blaming him for ‘inaction’ along the border, his Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan explains that it’s the law that is preventing Trump from acting more forcefully:
Acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan says migrants are crossing the border in record numbers because they know they will be released in the U.S. “even if [they] don’t have a valid asylum claim.” https://t.co/DPK12RnoAh pic.twitter.com/ZPVdCkXwyR
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 28, 2019
The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), is also crafting new immigration reform legislation.
Both plans can be offered to voters as alternatives to the free-for-all that is occurring now.
In reality, the president and Republicans probably hope Democrats will continue to reject sound immigration reform and border security measures ahead of the 2020 elections while focusing instead on the Russian collusion hoax and harassing the White House with baseless subpoenas and required testimony.
Most Americans — and certainly most Republicans — view immigration as a major problem and a big issue heading into next year’s elections.
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