This was my statement to the media tonight about White House drafts for the "framework" that Pres. Trump has said he will release on Monday laying out what he wants in a DACA amnesty bill that is right now set to cover 1.8 million "Dreamers," rather than the 690,000 DACA recipients.
NumbersUSA has no choice but to oppose what is being suggested as the White House "framework" for a mass amnesty.
"The plan seems eerily similar to the blueprint used for the 2007 Bush-Kennedy amnesty, which appeared to end chain migration, but wouldn't actually end it for 17 years. NumbersUSA mobilized our huge grassroots army to defeat the 2007 amnesty, and we will do the same if this plan is proposed next week.
"Under the White House framework, young-adult illegal border crossers and visa overstayers would get immediate benefits, including, most importantly, the right to compete with Americans in the permanent job market. But vulnerable American workers would get little or no relief from the competition of chain migration for 15 to 20 years. Even if new applications for chain migration categories are stopped immediately, the framework would allow chain migration to continue for decades by allowing all of the four million foreigners in the waiting list to continue coming.
"It is the House committee chairmen's H.R. 4760 that has its priorities straight. Although it provides the amnesty to DACA recipients that President Trump agreed to protect, its top priority is providing benefits to struggling Americans and legal immigrants already here by reducing overall immigration from the current level of more than one million a year and by mandating the incredibly popular E-Verify to take away the magnet for more illegal workers. Significantly reducing immigration numbers is desired by overwhelming majorities of American voters, according to the recent Harvard-Harris poll."
ROY BECK is President & Founder of NumbersUSA
Updated: Thu, Feb 8th 2018 @ 11:00pm EST