President Trump reiterated his call for an end to chain migration and the diversity lottery in his graduation speech at the FBI National Academy:
“President Trump railed against the diversity visa lottery program and chain migration Friday, saying that immigration officials are choosing the “worst of the worst” to enter the United States.
The president, who was speaking to the graduating law enforcement officers from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, pointed to two recent terror attacks. …”
Sounds great right?
The lingering DACA issue has to be resolved before March and the idea is to pair a DACA amnesty with funding the border wall, ending chain migration and shifting to a merit-based immigration system that brings in more high-skilled workers than low-skilled workers:
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure.
The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was born in Bangladesh tried to blow himself up in Midtown Manhattan on Monday. It is assembling data to bolster the argument that the current legal immigration system is not only ill-conceived, but dangerous and damaging to U.S. workers. …
The proposed move away from family-based immigration would represent the most radical change to the U.S. immigration system in 30 years. It would end what critics and the White House refer to as “chain migration,” in which immigrants are allowed to bring a chain of family members to the country, and replace it with a points-based system that favors education and job potential — “merit” measures that have increasingly been embraced by some other countries, including Britain.
The White House hopes to see Congress begin to take up the issue early in 2018 — though it has yet to begin discussions with congressional leaders over even the broad strokes of a legislative strategy, officials said.
Trump has laid out general principles for what he would like to see in an immigration bill in exchange for giving legal status to more than 700,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. These include the construction of a border wall, tougher enforcement measures and moving to a more merit-based legal immigration system. In September, Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix to allow the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” to stay in the country, creating an early-2018 crisis point he hopes will force Democrats to swallow some of his hardline demands. …”
Let’s be real here.
Heading into the 2018 midterm elections, Senate Democrats aren’t going to give up the border wall and chain migration in exchange for DACA. They would rather have the issue to run on with the wind of an anti-Trump backlash in their sails. Doug Jones is coming into the Senate which will include McCain (who might resign due to cancer), Flake, Snowe, Corker and Murkowski.
It’s hard to see how this goes anywhere. I predict that Doug Jones will prove irrelevant on this. If there was a vote on this deal, it is unlikely to come down to his vote. I don’t believe the Republican Congress ever had any intention of building the wall in the first place. Why didn’t they fund the wall in April or September when they had a 52 seat majority? Why didn’t they do immigration in 2017?
I think this a face saving measure: look, we’re trying to do something, but we need you to vote for Based Josh Mandel in the 2018 midterms because only then will you get the wall. As always, we’re being strung along by these people with grandstanding and token gestures while they throw all their energy into pushing through their real agenda like deep corporate tax cuts.
Update: Graham, Lankford, Gardner, Flake and Tillis are already working with Senate Democrats on crafting an amnesty.
— TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) December 15, 2017