On Thursday, January 25, the White House informed Congress of its framework on immigration reform. Below are some of the details, followed by a survey for you to give us your feedback.
White House Framework on Immigration Reform:
1. Border Security: The framework calls for a $25 billion trust fund to pay for the southern border wall system, improvements to the entry/exit ports, additional funding for new DHS personnel, ICE attorneys, immigration judges, prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel.
2. DACA Legalization: Provide legal status for DACA individuals, including adjusting the timeframe to include approximately 1.8 million people. These people would be eligible for a path to citizenship in 10-12 years (amnesty) with requirements for work, education, and good moral character. Status is subject to revocation with criminal conduct or public safety/national security concerns.
3. Ending Chain Migration: Family sponsorships would be limited to the nuclear family. Only spouses and minor children for both citizens and legal permanent residents would be eligible.
4. Ending the visa lottery system: The visa lottery system chooses people at random to come to the United States instead of based on skill or merit. The visas would be reallocated to deal with the backlogs of nuclear family sponsorships and high-skilled workers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):What is DACA?DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and was an executive order that was signed by President Obama that deferred deportation for people who were brought to the United States by their parents prior to 2007.
What is chain migration?Chain migration is when a citizen or legal immigrant petitions for a foreign family member to be allowed into the United States as a permanent resident. What is the diversity visa lottery program or green card lottery program?The diversity visa lottery program awards green cards to immigrants from nations that send comparatively fewer people to the United States each year that other nations. The program was created in 1990 and critics say the program does not do enough to accept immigrants to the United States based on merit.
What is amnesty?Amnesty is essentially the forgiveness or pardoning of someone who has committed a crime. When referred to in regard to immigration it is usually in reference to an immigrant who has broken immigration laws to come to and/or stay in the United States.