President Trump announced a plan on Thursday for immigration reform, proposed by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, to help end the border crisis. According to Trump, the plan would help the US to move towards merit-based system and make US “the envy of the world”.
According to some officials, this plan would cause prejudice towards young, educated immigrants. The plan failed to influence the Republicans, let alone the Democrats, who have declared the plan as “dead on arrival”.
Trump, while announcing the plan, also said that he is sure that the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, will not approve of the plan.
The primary architect of the immigration reform plan, Jared Kushner, discussed the plan for several months with various conservative groups. According to the officials, the plan attempts to achieve six milestones, which can be listed as securing the border; protecting American wages; attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants; focusing on legal migration for immediate family; attracting labor in critical industries; and preserving humanitarian values.
The officials endorsed Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan as countries where merit-based immigration system works.
During discussion, members of the Republican Party faced an exhausting debate of agreement on the plan. Earlier, when Jared Kushner discussed the “Pro-immigration” plan with the Republicans, the members abandoned the meeting saying, they were “underwhelmed” with the plan. Some of the Republicans also raised concerns on why the plan did not concern the providence of millions of young immigrants, who were brought to the country illegally.
Democrats are opposing the plan as it endangers protection of immigrants, known as “Dreamers”, which has remained a major concern for them since Trump has previously tried to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Previously, Trump administration enacted a plan, which if imposed might detain as many as 10,000 migrants. The former top officials of Homeland security, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kirstjen Nielsen and Ronald Vitiello respectively, raised concerns against the plan.
When Jared Kushner announced the plan in the Rose Garden of the White House, Trump, maintaining his ever-right stance, said “We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.
“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.”
House speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed the plan to be “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal”.
“The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans: greenlighting the administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the president’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers and gutting our asylum and refugee protections,” Pelosi said.
“To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based’ is the height of condescension,” she added.
Jared Kushner in his proposal to resolve the immigration issues might have come short on addressing major issues and concerns of the migrants and the US Citizens. With division among the Republicans themselves, it might be possible that the Democrats may take advantage out of it and make sure that the plan is not imposed.
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