Pres. Trump fully endorsed Sen. Chuck Grassley's bill, the Secure and Succeed Act, in a statement today. In his endorsement, he also called on Senators to oppose anything that doesn’t include his four pillars of ending Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery, securing the border, and granting amnesty to the 1.8 million DACA-eligible illegal aliens.
Sen. Grassley’s bill would grant amnesty to an estimated 1.8 million DACA-eligible illegal aliens and offer them a path to citizenship in 10-12 years. It would also end Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery, but repurpose those green cards to clear out the backlog of 4 million foreign citizens who are awaiting chain migration green cards, delaying significant reductions in legal immigration levels for 15-20 years. The bill also calls for a $25 billion trust fund to help improve border security and makes some improvements to interior enforcement.
"I want to thank Chairman Grassley for introducing legislation based on the White House Immigration Reform and Border Security Framework. The Grassley bill accomplishes the four pillars of the White House Framework: a lasting solution on DACA, ending chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery, and securing the border through building the wall and closing legal loopholes. I am asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars - that includes opposing any short-term 'Band-Aid' approach. The overwhelming majority of American voters support a plan that fulfills the Framework's four pillars, which move us towards the safe, modern, and lawful immigration system our people deserve.
At the same time, I remain encouraged by developments in the House toward advancing legislation from Chairmen Goodlatte and McCaul that also enshrines our four pillars.
Now that our military is fully funded, and will be rebuilt stronger than ever before, my focus is on enacting responsible and commonsense immigration reform that delivers for the American People."
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) will cosponsor the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has endorsed it.
Updated: Wed, Feb 14th 2018 @ 3:03pm EST