The wall is on its way! A new bill, being called the SECURE Act addresses a variety of immigration and national security issues including the fate of the “dreamers.” While it does not give permanant amnesty to the “dreamers” it gives them time to get their crap together. If they can not get it together enough to obtain citizenship by this extended deadline, time to get packing. In exchange the GOP will get what we have been after all along.
Included in the bill is funding for roughly 6,000 more Border Patrol agents, $300M for “border barrier” infrastructure (including walls, fences and electronic surveillance), social media screening and DNA sample collection for applicants from high-risk countries and more funding for criminal alien repatriation flights (deportations).
President Donald Trump has called on Congress to find a legislative fix for the roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The White House additionally laid out a 70-point immigration plan that featured a litany of wishes including implementing a merit-based immigration system, the hiring of 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and border wall funding.
So does this solve the problem of the dreamers the way the Democrats wanted? Yes and no. As things stand now, in a few months every one of them would be an eligible target for ICE deportation efforts when DACA expires. Under this new proposal, there is no general amnesty nor immediate opportunity for citizenship, but it would instead implement the BRIDGE Act, giving them work permits and protection from deportation for three years.
While this will no doubt elicit howls of protest from the Senate Minority Leader, it’s actually not that bad of a deal. Those working on a legal path to citizenship would have more time to get the process in gear while being able to legally work and pay taxes. Those unwilling or unable to follow the legal path to citizenship like all other immigrants would have several years to figure out where they are going and get their ducks in a row. All things considered, it’s not a bad deal since they would otherwise be in the country illegally come springtime (via: Hot Air)
Do you think this is a reasonable compromise?