“We are here to promote immigration reform on a bipartisan basis, which will serve to the needs of American families, workers, taxpayers. I believe that it is absolutely necessary to bring Democrats to us, because it should be a bipartisan bill,” Trump said on the meeting with senators.
According to the president’s bill of new immigration legislation, he will achieve three priority goals:
- ensuring border security;
- ending the “chain migration” of distant relatives to foreigners in the United States;
- stopping the visa lottery, in which 55 thousand immigrants a year come to the United States.
Trump previously noted that a people which suspected in terroristic attack in the US won a residence permit – Green Card – in the State Department’s diversity lottery, or they came to relatives who settled in the US earlier.
Republicans in the US Congress presented a project a new law of immigration, which, among other things, must provide funding for the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.
The bill, entitled “An Act to Ensure the Future of America”, provides for increased border security, the abolition of the green card lottery and restrictions on family reunification, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice Bob Gudlatt told reporters in Washington on Wednesday, January 10.
According to the congressman, the draft new immigration law also provides for measures against the so-called Sanctuary Cities, which refuse to legally prosecute illegal migrants.
The document, however, does not contain specific rules for granting US citizenship to so-called “dreamers” – persons who illegally entered the United States under the age of 16 and subsequently received education and work there.
The fate of DACA “dreamers”
In 2012, US President Barack Obama, through his decree, gave dreamers a limited right to live and work, but not to obtain citizenship.
Obama’s successor in the White House – Republican Donald Trump in September 2017 suspended the decree and demanded from Congress by March 5 to find a new legislative solution to the problem of “dreamers”.
On January 9, the San Francisco court, however, proclaimed that the United States must guarantee the protection of “dreamers” while considering lawsuits on this matter.
Observers point out that the proposed draft immigration law has almost no chance of passing through Congress without amendments. Even if this document is adopted by the House of Representatives, it can be rejected in the Senate, where it will require the support of at least nine Democrats for its approval.
The fight against illegal migration in the US was one of the main pre-election promises of the current president, Donald Trump.