Monday, January 29, 2018

House Conservatives Balk at Trump Amnesty Plan

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Virginia. Gage Skidmore/Flickr
“It does not capture the promises that President Trump made to the American people …”
Conservative House Republicans are panning a proposal by the Trump White House to grant a pathway to citizenship to nearly two million illegal immigrants, arguing that this amnesty breaks Trump’s campaign promises.
On Thursday, the White House announced the framework for a deal with a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million so-called “Dreamers,” far beyond giving a new legal status to the 800,000 individuals who received work permits from Obama’s illegal DACA. In return for this extraordinary concession, Trump is asking for $25 billion to fund the construction of strategic border fencing in areas along the southern border and other border security enforcement measures. Additionally, the White House has proposed limiting chain migration to immediate nuclear family members (not ending the program) and reallocating diversity lottery visas to reduce the “backlog” of high-skill and family-based visa applicants.
Congressman Dave Brat, R-Va., told CRTV that the Trump plan is out of step with the Republican House majority. 
“The Trump amnesty plan may capture the wishes of the White House and Senate staff who wrote it, but it does not capture the promises that President Trump made to the American people and it does not capture the will of the majority in the Republican House,” Brat said. “Giving an amnesty beyond the DACA group to those that did not even sign up to receive an amnesty will only lead to perverse outcomes and fraud and corruption. In contrast, the House has been working on rational, coherent policy in the form of the Goodlatte bill, which fully anticipates the unintended consequences that amnesty will certainly bring and deals with them in a rational manner.”
Read the rest from Chris Pandolfo HERE.

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