DACA and Border Security
House Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans in a closed door meeting that President Trump is favorably disposed to his immigration plan, which will come up for a vote next week. Speaker Ryan stated that Trump was “excited” about the prospects of passage. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, an immigration hard-liner, came to the Hill Wednesday afternoon and encouraged the 160 conservatives in the Republican Study Committee to support the bill.
The proposal would allow more than one million Dreamers to eventually find a pathway to citizenship. The bill will also include $25 billion for Trump’s border wall with Mexico, and safeguards to ensure that if any money for the wall is rescinded in the future, Dreamers’ pathway to the legal system would be shut off.
The bill would curb family migration and end the visa lottery program, transferring all of those visas to a new merit-based green-card program that Dreamers and other immigrants could apply for.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL):
That parental instinct – to give our children better opportunities than we had—is universal, and powerful. Dreamers were brought to this country as children by families who sought a better life. They were just kids—and had no role in the decision to leave their native country and have done nothing wrong. They demonstrate one of our nation’s most basic promises: that the American dream is available to anyone who is willing to work for it. The President’s decision to end DACA will tear families apart. Worse yet, it punishes children who have done nothing to deserve punishment. It is immoral and wrong.”
President Donald Trump:
“Any legislation on DACA must secure the border with a wall, it must give our immigration officers the resources they need to stop illegal immigration, and also to stop visa overstays, and crucially, the legislation must end chain migration. It must end the visa lottery. We want DACA to happen. We all, everybody, I think I can speak for everybody, we all want DACA to happen, but we also want great security for our country. Our current immigration systems fails Americans. We’d love to take care of DACA but we’re only going to do it under these conditions.”