2/12/2018 Possible Senate Proposals
Once the Senate votes to begin debate on DACA, we expect the following proposals to be offered.
1) The White House Proposal — Sens. Chuck Grassley and John Cornyn have drafted legislation that reflects the White House DACA proposal. It would expand DACA to grant an immediate amnesty to approximately 1.8 million illegal aliens. It calls for a $25 billion trust fund to build the border wall and improve overall border security. It would eliminate the Visa Lottery and halt new applications for Chain Migration, but use those supposedly eliminated visas to bring in the backlog of more than 4 million foreigners, which could take 15-20 years.
2) Gang of 6 Proposal — The Gang of 6 is led by former Gang of 8 members Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). It also includes a few other former Gang of 8 members, including Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jeff Flake (R-Fla.). Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is also part of the group.
Their proposal would grant an immediate amnesty to 3.2 million young-adult illegal aliens and their illegal-alien parents. It includes $1.6 billion for a border wall, but it restricts the funding to only making improvements to existing fencing. It fails to end Chain Migration and repurposes the Visa Lottery green cards, allowing half of them to be issued to foreigners from Lottery countries and the other half for TPS recipients.
3) “Common Sense” Caucus — There are few details from this led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that includes moderate Republicans and Democrats.
The Washington Times reported last night that the proposal would grant amnesty to the 1.8 million illegal aliens identified by the White House, authorize $25 billion for a border wall, but only appropriate about 10% of it, and make tweaks to the Visa Lottery and Chain Migration without reducing overall immigration numbers.
4) McCain/Coons — Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have their own “skinny” proposal that would grant amnesty to 3.2 million illegal aliens and require a government study on the effectiveness of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the McCain/Coons proposal is unlikely to get anywhere, several Republican Senators have discussed a smaller deal that would trade a DACA amnesty for border security funding.
5) Flake proposal — Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is proposing a fallback plan should the Senate fail to agree on anything. His proposal would pair a 3-year legislative extension of DACA with some border funding. This proposal could gain some serious momentum if none of the proposals listed above receive 60 votes.
Again, none of these proposals would fulfill the wishes of Americans to reduce legal immigration. Please call the Senate TODAY and tell them to oppose any proposal that doesn’t reduce legal immigration.
1/22/2018 Heritage Action Call Notes
End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
State of Play: The Trump administration announced an end to DACA with a delayed enforcement date of March 5th, 2018. The six month delay is intended to spur congressional action to address both DACA, but is rapidly becoming a vehicle to address the broader immigration failures. This month, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced a relatively narrow and targeted amnesty for current DACA recipients that would come alongside of increased border security, robust internal enforcement, and 21st century much needed reforms to our nation’s legal immigration system called the Securing America’s Future Act. Conservatives see this proposal as the best deal they can get on DACAwhile Democrats are demanding amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants as part of the their “shut down” of the federal government. The Goodlatte bill would end chain migration, the current system which prioritizes family-based immigration and move towards a merit-based system that will prioritize our nation’s needs.
Action Item: Sentinels should ask their members of Congress to support President Trump’s efforts to end the unconstitutional and illegal DACA program and enforce U.S. immigration laws, secure our borders, and reform our broken legal immigration system that includes the end to chain migration The 1986 mistake of trading amnesty (i.e., DACA) now for border security funding later should not be repeated.
Heritage Action toolkit: http://heritageaction.com/2017
Heritage Action diversity visa lottery memo: http://heritageaction.com/2017
Heritage: Why Congress Should Not Legalize DACA: The Myths Surrounding the Program: http://www.heritage.org/immigr
ation/report/why-congress- should-not-legalize-daca-the- myths-surrounding-the-program
Real Clear Politics: Why Conservatives Are Proposing a DACA Deal
Fox News Sunday: Shutdown Showdown Is Actually About Chain Migration, Not DACA
Heritage Action: Democrats’ Amnesty Shutdown
1/10/2018 Amnesty + Chain Migration
Do Your Senators Support Giving Chain Migration
to Yet Another Amnesty Group?