Numbers USA. January 12th, 2018 URGENT ACTION
Wild week ends with WH rejecting bipartisan DACA amnesty bill
If there was any question as to whether immigration is the hottest issue in the country right now, the wild events of the past five days silenced the doubters!
The issue dominated the national headlines throughout the week, including yesterday’s big news that the White House had rejected a bipartisan deal put together by Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Corey Gardner (R-Colo.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The “Gang of 6” proposal would:
- grant amnesty to more than 3 million young-adult illegal aliens (much larger than the 690,000 DACA amnesty) and their parents, too;
- end the Visa Lottery, but continue to use the green cards for nationals from Lottery countries and TPS recipients;
- transfer 26,000 green cards from one family-preference category to another;
- appropriate $1.6 billion to fix existing fencing and make other improvements along the border; and
- appropriate $1.1 billion to hire more border patrol agents and build roads along the border.
In other words, their compromise was a bigger amnesty and almost nothing in return.
In a Tweet this morning, Pres. Trump called the proposal a “big step backwards”.
House Republican Chairs Introduce Positive Immigration Compromise
Four House Republican leaders introduced legislation this week that mirrors what Pres. Trump has been asking for all along. The Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760) would end Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery, require all employers to use E-Verify, strengthen both interior enforcement and border security, and provide a three-year renewable visa with work permits for the 600,000 to 800,000 DACA recipients.
The bill was introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), House Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), and House Border Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).
NumbersUSA has endorsed the Securing America’s Future Act because, on balance, the bill would significantly reduce overall legal and illegal immigration, improving the lives of American workers and communities over what will happen if the status quo continues.
Read the lengthy email Roy sent you last night in which he explains our analysis and decisions.
WH meeting over DACA draws the line
Pres. Trump surprised just about everyone when he opened up nearly an hour of a bipartisan meeting of more than 20 Members of Congress to the press. The meeting provided great insight into the negotiating process over immigration policy, but really didn’t move lawmakers any closer to a deal on DACA.
What did come from the meeting was a better understanding of what Pres. Trump would sign into law. His rejection of the Flake-Durbin-Graham deal later in the week confirmed that understanding.
The White House wants legislation to include an amnesty for only DACA recipients, an end to Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery, and funding for improvements along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Securing America’s Future Act does all those things AND mandates E-Verify for all employers to turn off the jobs magnet to future illegal aliens.
DHS Sec. Nielsen ends TPS for El Salvador
What started this incredible week was an announcement from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen that the U.S. would end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador in 18 months. Salvadorans with TPS status account for the largest number of TPS recipients currently living in the United States — more than 200,000.
Roy’s statement praising the decision ran in nearly a thousand publications.
The Trump Administration has also ended TPS for Nicaragua and the Sudan.