House Republicans Roll Out Immigration Bill Packed With Border Security and Immigration Reforms

migration laws immigration chainA group of Republican lawmakers unveiled Wednesday a bill that pairs granting legal status to younger illegal immigrants with a laundry list of conservative immigration reforms and border security enhancements, including President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

The proposal contains all of the changes to immigration law that Trump has demanded as part of a deal to replace the now-canceled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a Obama administration order that shielded hundreds of thousands of younger illegal immigrants from deportation.

It also incorporates several immigration enforcement measures long advocated by immigration hawks, including penalties for sanctuary cities and foreign nationals who overstay their visas.

Dubbed the Securing America’s Future Act, the bill was teased by its sponsors—GOP Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Michael McCaul of Texas, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, and Martha McSally of Arizona—in a Tuesday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. The official rollout Wednesday comes a day after Trump met with a bipartisan group lawmakers to discuss the framework of a bill that would legalize DACA recipients before the program expires in March.

The bill’s authors say the DACA negotiations present an opportunity to enact tougher immigration law and stave off pressure for a future amnesty of illegal immigrants.

“Americans have been debating how to best fix the country’s immigration system for decades,” they wrote in The Wall Street Journal. “Congress has a unique opportunity to act now, before the country ends up with another large population who crossed the border illegally as children.”

A summary of the bill’s provisions reads like an immigration hawk’s wish list. It would fulfill Trump’s four-point plan for a DACA compromise: legal status for DACA recipients, end to the Diversity Visa Lottery, limits on chain migration, and full funding for the border wall.

The bill also includes several provisions that Trump has not said are necessary to reach a DACA deal, but that immigration hawks have long argued are needed to eliminate the “pull factors” for illegal immigration. Among them are Kate’s Law, which enhances penalties for illegal immigrants who re-enter the country after being deported, and mandatory use of E-Verify, an electronic employment authorization system.

Democrats are almost certain to balk the GOP bill, especially because it does not offer a path to legal permanent residence or citizenship for DACA recipients. The bill instead allows beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status, essentially reviving the DACA program for the roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who received protection under the original order.

Despite slim chances of garnering more than a few Democratic supporters, the bill could serve as a starting point for negotiating a DACA replacement.

At Wednesday’s meeting with lawmakers, Trump said he would be willing to place a DACA fix within a “bill of love,” but did not specify what such legislation would entail. The White House clarified Wednesday that any DACA compromise must also do away with chain migration and the Diversity Visa Lottery while also funding the border wall.

From - The Daily Signal - by Will Racke

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5 years ago

I don’t trust these Cancerous Politicians. PERIOD! Been there done that! Nothing was done back the 80’s about the border! I live in a Border State, Politicians lied then and lie ever time they open their mouth! The President, Senators, Representatives and all Govt. employees need to have skin in this game! They should be held accountable Sedition and Treason for not enforcing our laws!

5 years ago

It appears to be a good bill but I’m skeptical. What’s it going to look like after Congress finishes “negotiating “. Will Trump accept a watered down one? I hope not.

Next there needs to be a bill to eliminate future anchor babies and cancel citizenship of children who were born here (to foreign non-citizen parents) but NEVER lived here. Are these anchor babies allowed to vote in our elections when they don’t or have never lived here? Maybe only visited a few weeks a year but never taken up residency?

5 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Yes, I also have the same concerns about what this bill will look like after not only the full House, but the Senate gets done with it. There is NO GUARANTEE that the bill will pass the House in its current form, since Ryan is a big advocate of liberal immigration policies when he is NOT running for re-election. He is a big beneficiary of campaign donations from both the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable. Both groups want open borders and amnesty. So while this draft of a proposed bill may look good now, who knows what the final version will look like.

Yes, I also agree we need to put an end to anchor babies, as we are the ONLY major industrialized nation that allows this ludicrous practice. Unfortunately, that is a matter that needs to be clarified by the Supreme Court, as lower, liberal courts have chosen to interpret the Constitution as conferring citizenship to anyone born here by parents of illegals, as well as legal citizens of the United States. That is the WRONG interpretation, as the it was never intended to convey citizenship status onto children born here of illegals. So this matter really needs to be clarified by the Supreme Court to nullify the lower court rulings.

As for canceling the citizenship of existing anchor babies, that is something I don’t think even the Supreme Court would do and certainly not something our Congress, as currently largely populated by RINOs, would seriously consider. At best, the Supreme Court decision to end anchor babies being granted automatic citizenship would be the point where the practice ends. From a political perspective, I don’t see either the SC or Congress has having the guts to do revocation of anchor baby citizenship on a retro-active basis. Yes, it is the right thing to do, but it would be a political firestorm those inside the beltway would avoid at all costs. Remember, life inside the D.C. beltway is much different than what it is for the other 99.9999 percent of the country. What I remember most from mercifully limited time there is that it is almost like you’re in a kingdom instead of the capitol of the United States. Whole different mindset and attitudes about almost everything. To do what you envision, you would need an over-whelming majority of seven or more SC judges like Scalia or Thomas to have the courage to do that. We’re al l-o-n-g way from that point.

Eddie Vaughn
5 years ago

Deport all illegals.
End of Chain Migration, Lotteries, and Anchor Babies.
Immigration based upon Merit/National Need.
No Refugees admitted. The USA sends money and aid to affected areas.

5 years ago

I am concerned the democrats are wielding too much power over the republicans, especially the RINO’s like Corker and Lindsey Gramnesty. The Dems want a “Clean” DACA, who the hell are they to tell the Repub controlled congress what to do and if the Repubs allow them to rule the day, we will end up with nothing but, amnesty and more of the same. Dems are losing their voter base if they don’t get more amnestied illegals who are dependent on our tax dollars. This is a fight they (Dems) will go down in flames, over!

John Higgins
5 years ago

Hooray for the Republicans!! Congratulations to Representatives Goodlatte, McCaul,Labrador and McSally for acting as leaders.
They have produced a marvelous bill that will address the long term immigration problem while showing some compassion. It is not an amnesty bill but a set of guidelines that will prevent the need for amnesty like bills in the future. It controls immigration!

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