The Trump administration recently submitted a 70-point plan on immigration to Congress on Sunday. It offers the most serious reforms yet proposed by the administration, including a rewrite of the law eliminating loopholes illegal immigrants have exploited to remain in the United States.
The Washington Times has seen the plans in which Trump asks for a border wall, more agents to enforce deportation, an enforcement plan to end sanctuary cities and stricter limits on chain migration. The White House is committed to these issues being a part of any bill Congress would pass to legalize immigrant young people, or “Dreamers,” that are currently being protected by the Obama-era program known as DACA.
The new 70-point plan is breaking ground and giving federal agents more authority to deny illegal immigrants at the border and even arrest or hold them if they are caught in the interior. This will enable illegal immigrants to be deported more quickly. The plan includes 27 suggestions on border security 39 improvements to enforcement In the interior and 4 major changes to the legal immigration system.
“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a senior White House official said. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”
This new 70-point plan was created with input from the Justice, State and Labor Departments and immigration agencies at Homeland Security.
These are the primary areas addressed by the White House proposal:
- Lax asylum standards that give illegal immigrants instant protections by saying what’s known to them as “magic words.”
- Unaccompanied Alien Children — or UAC — who came to the U.S. under President Obama. These young people would now have to prove they really are without parents and are fleeing abuse,
- Visitors who come legally but overstay their visas
- 2001 Supreme Court decision that has forced the release of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, including murderers, would be curtailed.
- Federal, state and local authorities to detain illegal immigrants would be fully protected by the law. This will affect sanctuary cities.
Immigrant-rights advocates have decried the move by the White House saying that Trump is giving in to hard-liners in his administration like Stephen MIller.
“President Trump and Members of Congress need to decide – do they want to resolve this crisis, or do they want to fall prey to Stephen Miller et al’s strategy to kill legislation and expose all 800,000 DACA beneficiaries to deportation?” Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, said in a statement last week.
The administration’s new list is likely to irritate Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who have now said this proposal is in contrast to their previous deal. They previously believed that they won a victory with President Trump after meeting at the White House and outlining a Dream-Act deal making a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers in exchange for limited border security.