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    Trump Pitches The Kushner-Miller Plan: Same Immigration Levels As Before, But More Emphasis On Skills

    ALLAHPUNDITPosted at 6:01 pm on May 16, 2019

    Itís going over precisely as well as every other immigration proposal produced by Washington.

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    NO WALL. KEEPS SAME MASSIVE LEVELS OF LEGAL IMMIGRATION. And this is the rube-bait campaign document, not even a serious bill.


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    The best quickie rundown of the planís main planks is at PBS. The key bit has to do with reducing chain migration. Note: Reducing, not ending. This is a Kushner plan, remember, designed as a starting point on bipartisan compromise.

    Keeps immigration numbers the same: The proposal keeps the numbers of immigrants coming to the United States the same while changing the composition of people entering the U.S. A senior administration official Wednesday said this approach is seen as a way to compromise between immigration hardliners who want reductions in the overall number of immigrants and immigration advocates who want the United States to take in more people.

    Focus on merit and skills, rather than family ties or humanitarian needs: Currently about 12 percent of people come to the United States for skill-based reasons. The president wants to dramatically increase that number to 57 percent. Another 66 percent of immigrants come to the country with ties to family members, and 22 percent come because of humanitarian needs or through seeking asylum. The White House plan would decrease the number of people who enter the country because of family ties to 33 percent, and 10 percent of people would be allowed in for humanitarian needs.

    Contra Coulter, the plan actually does call for building physical barriers at 33 different spots along the border, although not a sea-to-shining-sea wall. Will Democrats go for that? you ask. Why, no. Thereís no amnesty for DREAMers in the bill to sweeten the pot for them either. On the other hand, border hawks arenít going to go for the part about keeping immigration levels at their current numbers, as Mark Krikorian noted two days ago. (ďFormally embracing the current legal-immigration level of more than one million each year would mean that the GOP, as on so many issues before, would simply be the Democrat-lite party, wanting to go in the same direction, just more slowly.Ē) As for E-Verify, nope, also not in the bill. Even Republican senators, normally willing to do Trumpís bidding on policy, sounded chilly about the planwhen it was presented to them.

    Iím at a loss as to what Trump and Kushner were hoping to achieve by introducing it, knowing up front that it canít possibly pass. The idea, I guess, was to soften Trumpís image ahead of 2020 (ďWe want to show the country that Republicans are not against immigrants,Ē said one administration official to NPR), but there are all sorts of problems with that. For starters, this is the same guy who endorsed Tom Cottonís RAISE Act, which *did* pointedly call for reducing legal immigration. Does he still back that goal or is he now backing Kushnerís? Even if heís with Jared now, how much of this message will anyone remember when he inevitably spends 98 percent of his time on the campaign trail warning about illegals bringing drugs and crime to the U.S.? Is Kushnerís plan merely being offered to give Republican members of Congress something to cite on the trail?

    Beyond the electoral politics, itís addressing a relatively low-priority immigration problem. Ask Americans to name a major immigration crisis and youíll get a variety of answers. Uncertainty about the status of illegals who are here, starting with DREAMers; exploitation of U.S. asylum laws by illegals hoping to gain entry under false pretenses as victims of political persecution; the systemís inability to process the volume of detainees in an expeditious fashion, leading to catch and release. ďSkills versus chain migrationĒ is important but not part of the emergency at the border that DHS is coping with right now. I canít understand why reforming asylum laws wasnít the focus of this speech instead. Trump did name-check Lindsey Graham, who rolled out his own asylum plan yesterday
    The legislation would change the system in three substantial ways: It would require migrants seeking asylum to apply at a consulate or embassy in their home country or in Mexico, instead of at the southern border; it would increase the amount of time that migrant children could stay in custody from 20 days to 100 days; and make it easier for officials to deport unaccompanied minors to Central America.

    The measure also calls for 500 new immigration judges to chip away at the massive immigration court backlog.

    Öbut it was an afterthought in Trumpís own proposal. Why? If the point here was to pressure Democrats to come to the table, the White House could have at least emphasized the element of Americaís broken immigration system thatís in most urgent need of repair.

    Thereís not even a bill, by the way. Trump and Kushner arenít submitting anything to Congress. Theyíre just floating this in a speech and hoping for something to happen:

    Dara Lind

    Is it even fair to call the thing-Trump-gave-a-speech-about-today a plan? We have no bill text; we have no promises there WILL be bill text; we have no outline or framework; we have no 1-pager. WH hasnít even sent out talking points yet. Without all that, maybe itís just an idea?


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    Thereís literally zero chance that congressional Republicans or Democrats will risk pissing off their respective bases with a ďbadĒ immigration compromise ahead of a presidential election, especially with Dems convinced that Trump is beatable next fall. Pelosi has every reason to wait and hope sheíll soon be dealing with President Biden and a Democratic (or at least less Republican) Senate. The fact that thereís no White House bill probably reflects that reality: Thereís no point writing a bill because the bill wonít pass. But then, what was the point of writing this plan? Especially knowing that Trump will soon discard it on the campaign trail in favor of more meat-and-potatoes rhetoric about the many social ills caused by immigrants. nl&bcid=24205d9e8e2caf1aab134c21b03c9a40

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    IMO this is a diversion Bill----get everyone talking about this Bill and forget about the 1,500,000 invaders crossing the border.

    This invasion is NO accident.....
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