House ‘Compromise’ Immigration Bill Fails to Adequately Address Broken Immigration System

The Daily Signal | 6/18/2018 | Staff
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Last Friday, House leadership released the text of their new “compromise” immigration bill.

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Rather than making the right changes on border security, enforcement, and legal immigration reforms, the bill is based on a complex amnesty scheme. While supporters of the bill may claim that it addresses the broken system, it will actually perpetuate or even worsen the brokenness.

The new compromise bill is based on the Securing America’s Future Act introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Analysis of this bill found it flawed in several key areas:

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Misses the opportunity to fundamentally make the U.S. legal immigration system merit-based;

Lacks increased enforcement resources for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the immigration court system;

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Authorizes over $130 billion for border security, an amount that is way too high to be fiscally prudent, and includes wasteful spending on a biometric exit system that would provide little to no benefit in countering illegal immigration.

Provides legal status to those already in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an unfair amnesty for a little less than 700,000 illegal immigrants, albeit one of the more limited and tailored amnesties considered by Congress.

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While the bill misses the mark in several respects, it does contain some good policies, including:

Ending chain migration and the diversity lottery visas;

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Robust anti-sanctuary city policies and support for state and local governments that want to help enforce federal immigration laws;

Fixing of various loopholes that inhibit U.S. immigration officials from effectively enforcing U.S. law.

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From this flawed starting point, the new compromise bill mostly gets worse by:

Only partly stopping chain migration and still failing to turn the legal immigration into one based on merit;

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