Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) is working on legislation that would end Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery and require all businesses to use E-Verify. He says he's introducing the legislation now, in fear of legislation coming from a House working group GOP that would likely grant amnesty and permanent work permits to DACA recipients.
Statements from President Trump and GOP Leadership have made an amnesty for nearly 700,000 DACA recipients all but imminent. Shortly after announcing an end to the unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty, Pres. Trump said that he would revisit the issue if Congress failed to act by his March 5, 2018 deadline. GOP Leaders in both the House and the Senate have also expressed a desire to protect the young illegal aliens who received the DACA amnesty and have put together working groups in each chamber to craft legislation.
Rep. Brat is hoping to get his legislation introduced before the House and Senate working groups introduce theirs. He says his legislation would cut legal immigration in half by ending Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery and would take significant steps toward curtailing illegal immigration by requiring all businesses to use E-Verify. His bill would not contain an amnesty for illegal aliens.
"The numbers from those three pieces I just mentioned clearly outweigh the DACA — by a lot,” Rep. Brat said.
Meanwhile, a number of Democrats are threatening to shut down the government in December if Congress fails to extend amnesty for the DACA recipients. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who is on the House DACA task force and chairs the powerful House Rules Committee, said GOP Leaders do not plans to include a DACA amnesty in the December must-pass spending bill.
“I think the preference is not to have it attached to an omnibus,” Rep. McCaul said.
Pres. Trump has also asked for the DACA fix not to be included in the spending bill.
Read more on this story at The Hill.
Updated: Fri, Nov 24th 2017 @ 8:35pm EST