Trump Administration Planning Immigration Overhaul

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.

19 Comments

    • I don’t know about drugging, but one thing’s certain — he had enough enthusiastic quasi-dispossessed Whites to have a tremendous opportunity to tip the country in a new direction. And he blew that opportunity and squandered that momentum and energy with maximum thoroughness.

      • @Ironsides,
        Trump did what all politicians do- he overpromised and then underdelivered. You had every right to expect more from him. You voted for him based on what he said. He turned out making you look like naive fools. Not your fault.
        Everything that’s said during campaigning should be taken with a grain of salt.
        Pre-election promises and post-election performance are often two different things.
        Trump was baffling. Said the right things…..but had Jews mixed into his immediate family-that alone should have generated suspicion.

        • It was worth a shot, anyway. I mean, it was Hillary or him. Might as well vote for the object that makes the correct noises, especially since it was the first time in generations that they’ve been made at all.

    • Trump talks and tweets a good game but in reality he seems to be rather weak and indecisive. Except when it comes to pleasing the jews, of course.

  1. They always try to scare us into voting for them, but that no longer works on me. I am no more likely to vote for Josh Mandel than for Harvey Weinstein or Bill Kristol.

    Any form of amnesty– DACA or more– and I am done with all of them.

    What’s to keep courts from expanding a limited amnesty into one which covers everyone?

    Of course, any amnesty will soon make the GOP a local and regional party.

    I think Trump should just vigorously enforce to the letter existing law on illegals and be satisfied with a bill ending chain migration and Pappy Bush’s diversity lottery.

    • Sherrod Brown a former “conservative” Democrat will run to the right, and beat Jewperson Josh Mandel just like he did the last time.

      If you follow Brown’s votes he’s never been a leader on immigration or illegal aliens—just pushed that way by the communist-socialist faction in the Ohio Democratic Party.

  2. The thing with the wall is….will having it built do a damn thing? I feel the need to throw this one in. Once its in place, it will then allow the government to have more ordered LEGAL immigration which may exceed pre-wall numbers. At present, those crossing over are visible and seen. Is controlled legal immigration any better for you? Won’t make them any less Mexican. And the wall won’t stop the Muslims, Somalians, curry Indians, etc who are coming in legally by the millions.
    Here in Australia, the government finally cracked down on illegal boat people arriving from Indonesia….but all that did was free them up to concentrate on ordered, legal immigration from places like Africa and Pakistan. And……they were snuck in behind our backs in much greater numbers without any public discussion.
    Just trying to throw in some context. The wall alone may not be the one saving grace.
    No point stopping ten illegal Mexicans only to then allow in thirty legal Eritreans.
    Yes, you need the wall, but it must be combined with a whole lot more-such as loyal leaders, deportation policy and overhauled institutions which don’t mainstream leftism.

    • I think we all kind of new he was full of it. I figured that there was a 10% chance he’d win, and a 10% chance he’d carry through his promises. Still gave a glimmer of hope.

      The question moving forward is… are we going to go the way of Spain and the Reconquista, or the way of Rhodesia and the Bush War?

  3. At least under the orange haired creep I can still purchase unlimited ammunition and as many rifles as I can afford each month. The murdering bitch hillary would have caused prices to skyrocket before singing a new gun/ammo ban Bill had she won.
    So lets try to keep things in perspective shall we? We voted for TIME and thats all we got. I suggest that you use it wisely.

    We’re going to need every able bodied swinging dick we can get to man a rifle platoon before this is all over.

    If you’re not stocking guns/ammo, you’re WAY behind.

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