Friday, June 15, 2018

Read: House Republicans release their draft “compromise” immigration bill


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Ella Nilsen on Vox reports on one or two immigration bills that the House will vote on next week.  House Republicans have released a first draft of their new “compromise” immigration bill, the “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act.”

Nilsen describes the bill as follows:

"The nearly 300-page bill is one of two that the entire House will vote on next week. It is considered a moderate alternative to the conservative bill proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

Most importantly, the new bill provides a pathway to citizenship for young unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers, allowing legalized immigrants to apply for green cards after five years, based on a points system.

The new bill also contains $25 billion to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and it contains a provision that the government can cancel Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals visas if the wall funding is rescinded. It also contains a number of other things that likely won’t be palatable to Democrats and some moderate Senate Republicans, including ending the diversity visa lottery program.

As there’s been an uproar about the new Trump administration policy of separating undocumented families — including those seeking asylum — at the border, the bill includes a provision that would prevent family separation."

The Hill reports that President Trump has stated that he will not sign the more "moderate" bill.


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Please note that the current text of this bill *does not* prevent family separation--it just ends the Flores agreement. The GOP's summary said it ended the separations, but that wasn't actually true:
Later on some GOP sources said they would fix this, but we'll see if they're telling the truth this time.

Posted by: David Wilson | Jun 16, 2018 4:32:45 AM

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