So, the Senate is FINALLY about to take up its free-wheeling amnesty debate TOMORROW, and just in time the White House is signaling it is ready to cuck on legal immigration cuts:
“As the Senate prepares to begin a free-wheeling debate over immigration next week, White House officials have begun floating a possible compromise idea — a pledge to maintain legal immigration at current levels, about 1.1 million people a year, for more than a decade. …
But a White House official said Saturday that the Trump administration is working with allies in the Senate on a proposal that would create a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and that would clear the backlog of nearly 4 million sponsored relatives who currently are waiting for green cards.
The combined effort, officials said, would effectively make up for the cuts in other immigration categories for about 13 years, the official said. After that, if Congress takes no additional action to add or expand visa categories, the total number of people allowed to resettle in the U.S. each year likely would decline by hundreds of thousands. …
However, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, an evangelical Christian pastor based in Sacramento who is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said he’s been assured repeatedly by the White House that overall legal immigration levels would not be cut under Trump’s plan.
“That number is not being played with at all whatsoever,” said Rodriguez, one of the Latino conservatives who attended the hour-long meeting Tuesday with Kelly and Nielsen. …
Lawmakers are looking at other ways to keep legal immigration steady, including increasing skills-based immigration categories.
One possibility would be to resurrect a proposal made by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) during an immigration reform push in 2013 that ultimately failed. It would have more than tripled the number of work visas for foreign tech workers to about 180,000 per year.”
Just as I thought, the Koch Brothers have been yanking the chain of their Republican puppets in the Senate to oppose “arbitrary” cuts to legal immigration, and strangely the debate has shifted from “ending chain migration” to changing the composition of legal immigration so that more high-skilled workers can take the place of Mexican peons along the lines that Orrin Hatch has proposed.
In other news, Paul Ryan is now saying he will bring an immigration bill to the floor of the House. In theory, any amnesty bill that passed the Senate could be stopped in the House like the Gang of 6 amnesty because it wouldn’t be brought to the floor. Bringing an amnesty bill to the House will floor will give the Democrats and Koch Brothers Caucus in the House the chance to vote for it.