With Congress facing a deadline to pass a legislative solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, top Republicans have rolled out a new bill packed with border security measures and immigration reforms.
In the measure unveiled on Wednesday, the GOP bill would grant legal status to the roughly 800,000 young DACA recipients in exchange for several key items President Donald Trump has asked for, including the wall along our southern border.
Republicans also wants to end – or greatly limit – chain migration and the diversity lottery system, which allows random applicants from foreign counties to be selected to come to the U.S. without any merit.
It also includes penalties for sanctuary cities who don’t comply with federal law and foreign nationals who overstay their visas in the U.S.
Co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Michael McCaul of Texas, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, and Martha McSally of Arizona, the bill will be called “Securing America’s Future Act.”
“Americans have been debating how to best fix the country’s immigration system for decades,” the group said. “Congress has a unique opportunity to act now, before the country ends up with another large population who crossed the border illegally as children.”
The bill satisfies Trump’s four-point plan for a DACA compromise: ending diversity visa lottery, greatly reducing chain migration, funding for the border wall, and legal status for DACA recipients.
There’s also a provision in the bill called “Kate’s Law,” which bolsters penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the U.S. after being deported and requires a mandatory use of e-Verify.
Democrats will almost certainly balk at the bill because it doesn’t provide permanent residence for illegal immigrants, but instead allows beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status.
This is arguably the strongest bill possible for those who want our border secure. It has everything Trump and Republicans want and allows nearly one million DACA recipients to stay in the country and renew their status every three years.
Trump has been very clear about what he wants in exchange for allowing 800,000 Dreamers to stay in the U.S, now we will see if Democrats care more about protecting Americans or illegal immigrants.
Source: Daily Caller