Trump tries again to fix legal immigration.

Trump announces a long desired ‘Merit-Based’ Immigration Plan.
Will Democrats join in or resist progress?

President Trump has announced a balanced and sensible immigration proposal that would bring the legal reforms that have been sorely needed in America for years into a reality in the United States.

Trump’s latest immigration plan “puts jobs, wages and safety of American workers first,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.

“We must implement an immigration system that will allow our citizens to prosper for generations to come,” he added building on the pro American message that he has had since he was a candidate for president.

The plan does not address the pressing challenge of what to do about the estimated 11 million people currently in the country illegally, one of the core issues that has animated Trump’s presidency due to the importance of the issue to the American people. The key question on that topic will depend on the Democrats as they have turned down every proposal set forth by the administration so far and refused to offer any real solutions themselves. Democrats have chose to keep the issue of DACA around merely as a talking point and a way to attack Trump as most media outlets have not reported the Democrats refusal to assist DACA residents when given the chance. If the Democrats would choose to be concerned with the facts of the issues and leave the emotional coup mindset that is the “resistance” out of the process, true change in this area can be made for the betterment of all involved. However political power seems to be more important to elected officials in America than keeping campaign promises. Just look to the Republicans who didn’t vote to repeal Obamacare even after winning multiple campaigns swearing they would and you’ll see an example from the other side of the isle of the same disregard for voters.

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has been diligently working on the Legal Immigration plan for months and briefed Republican senators on the details Tuesday. A senior administration official, who spoke to reporters Wednesday on the condition that his name not be used, said the proposal is a “good faith effort” and a good start to unify the right and engage the left.

“Right now this is the Trump plan, and we’re hoping this will become the Republican plan,” the official said. One can only hope it will become a bi-partisan plan.

The plan proposes returning to merit-based immigration and limiting the number of people who could get green cards by seeking asylum and clarifying the loophole of immigration based on family ties. But it would keep immigration levels static, as in neither increasing or decreasing the number of people allowed to legally enter the U.S. each year. Many Republicans, Independents and Democrats would like to see a reduction in the numbers but it doesn’t seem like a realistic expectation.

In a nutshell here are the basic premises laid out to reporters on Wednesday:

Securing the border: Finishing the border wall

Protecting American wages: Stemming the flow of low-wage labor

Attract and retain the best and brightest immigrants

Prioritize nuclear families: It would limit which family members can come to the country to children and spouses

Import labor for critical industries

Preserve humanitarian values: Keep asylum system, but limit it.

Trump described the current immigration system as being largely based on “random chance,” insisting that the administration’s proposal would set clearer requirements for admission.

“We want immigrants coming in; we cherish the open door,” Trump said. “But a big proportion of those immigrants should come in through merit and skill.”

The announcement comes as the Trump administration is struggling to deal with a dramatic increase in asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S. along the southern border, creating what many are now calling a humanitarian crisis.

Democrats are unlikely to support any immigration proposal but will most likely claim that they won’t do anything if the plan doesn’t also address the young people who came to the U.S. as children and are now here illegally, known as Dreamers. President Trump moved to eliminate the Obama-era program to give them work permits and protection from deportation, and the short term program implemented by Obama is pending court action. Democrats have refused former proposals to assist DACA residents even one proposal that gave them more than they ever asked for and threatened to rock support from Trump’s loyal base.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the White House proposal, “repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans” and described it as “dead-on-arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.” Showing the usual resistance mindset and the refusal by leftists to resolve issues that matter in the face of logical proposals.

Asked about this omission of DACA, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, “Because it’s a serious program, it’s not included. Every single time that we have put forward or anyone else has put forward any type of immigration plan and it’s included DACA, it’s failed. It’s a divisive thing. Certainly something to discuss and look at and address but this plan is focused on fixing a different part of the immigration system.”

DACA has actually registered strong bipartisan support among voters. A Gallop poll found that 83% of Americans backed giving citizenship to DACA recipients. Which again makes you wonder why the Democrats turned down Trump’s proposal that would have resolved DACA long ago.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., clarified that the proposal was purposely narrow by not addressing those in the country already.

“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security,” Graham said, who characterized it more as a “negotiating position” than a legislative proposals. “This is what we want on border security, this is what we want on merit-based immigration, and then we’ll have to sit down and find common ground on the 11 million.”

Graham, who attended Thursday’s announcement, was involved in the last major bipartisan effort to overhaul immigration in 2013. That legislation passed the Senate but failed in the House. Trump’s proposal has zero chance of becoming law without bipartisan support. And at the moment it isn’t clear whether it has Republican buy-in with so many RINO’s infiltrating the Republican Party and stifling progress, much less Democrats.

Trump’s latest proposal isn’t currently in the form of legislation, and there are no representatives signed on as sponsors. But Trump called the plan “pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker. It’s just common sense.” I find it hard to argue his point.

“If for some reason, possibly political, we can’t get the Democrats to approve this merit-based, high-security plan, then we will get it approved immediately after the election when we take back the House, keep the Senate, and of course, hold the presidency,” Trump said on Thursday.

He added: “But wouldn’t it be nice to do it sooner than that?”

Yes Mr President, sooner would be better. Especially since this is an issue that should have been resolved 30 years ago.

Copyright 2019

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