Brian Thomas reports that amid discussions on new immigration legislation, President Donald Trump has proposed a new requirement that has left Democrats fuming.
Currently, citizens can petition for green cards for family members. This allows for foreign spouses, parents, children, and extended family to get a chance at permanent residency. It’s called “chain migration.”
As lawmakers seek a deal to replace Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with permanent legislation, Trump recently blasted “chain migration” and insists he will not allow for a plan which bases easy citizenship on family, rather than merit.
The Hill reports:
Late Wednesday, Democratic leaders Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) discussed the issue with Trump at the White House, prompting talk of a deal being reached.
But Trump Thursday said no deal had been reached, and seemed to link a DACA solution to the construction of his proposed border wall — a no-go for Democrats.
Conservative critics worried that Trump’s meeting with Schumer meant replacement legislation would be too liberal. Some were concerned that Trump had turned into “Amnesty Don,” giving into pressure from the Left and setting a path for quick and easy citizenship for all “dreamers” and extended foreign family members. Others wondered if Trump still intended to reinforce border control by building his proposed wall.
Trump buckled down, and reminded supporters that his talk was about possible legislation that merely allows “dreamers” to stay in the country. In a committee email signed by Trump “There’s been a lot of noise today. . . Let me set the record straight in the simplest language possible: WE WILL BUILD A WALL (NOT A FENCE).”
Furthermore, he elaborated on an important, conservative restriction he wants in new immigration legislation.
“Chain migration,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on immigration!”
CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
The Hill continues:
Trump Thursday denied that he discussed amnesty with Schumer and Pelosi, but the Democrats’ preferred bill, the Dream Act, would give undocumented immigrants residence with a path to citizenship.
“We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One Thursday.
By shifting the immigration discussion toward chain migration, Trump gave a nod to a Republican immigration proposal, the Raise Act.
Under the Raise Act, proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.), the immigration system would change from a family-based system to a merit-based system, meaning fewer foreign relatives of citizens and permanent residents would be eligible to immigrate to the United States.
Earlier this month, President Trump endorsed the Raise Act, which would also cut legal immigration in half and does not include a path to citizenship. Trump’s latest tweet seems to indicate that the Raise Act is his ideal solution to the immigration issue.
What do you think of President Trump’s latest remarks? Has he reassured you that he’s still the committed border hawk America elected last year, or do you still have concerns that he’s selling out to the swamp on amnesty? Share your thoughts in the comments below.