White House Releases Immigration Reform Plan

 

The White House sent a one-page framework for immigration reform to Republicans on Thursday (January 25) according to Politico. The plan offers a pathway to citizenship for children who were brought the country illegally by their parents in exchange for $25 billion in funding for border security, and significant restrictions on immigration. 

The proposal will create a $25 billion trust fund to be used to enhance border security at both the Canadian and Mexican borders. The Daily Beast reports the plan would eliminate the visa lottery system and replace it with a system that is "high-skill based." It would also end "extended family migration" by allowing lawful permanent residents to sponsor only minor children and spouses for entry into the United States. 

The plan will offer a pathway to citizenship for nearly 1.8 million immigrants, including the 700,000 immigrants who have been granted legal protections by the Obama-era Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program.

Stephen Miller, who outlined the proposal to Republican staffers in a conference call, said he expects the reform package "will get 60 votes in the Senate." 

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