GOP Ignores Trump’s Popular Immigration Priorities, Immediately Heads for Unfettered Amnesty

Plans to give amnesty to upwards of 3.3 million eligible illegal aliens by House and Senate Republicans seemingly ignore President Trump’s pro-American immigration priorities, many of which are vastly popular with the American people.

In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced to the Republican Study Committee (RSC) that he is planning to slip an amnesty for the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into an end-of-the-year spending bill, as Breitbart News reported.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, a group of Republicans is reportedly working on a deal similar to that of the failed DREAM Act, which would hand permanent amnesty to potentially 3.3 million illegal aliens, Breitbart News reported.

Both the House and Senate amnesty plans ignore Trump’s immigration priorities, which were outlined in great length and detail earlier this month and continue to be popular with not only the President’s America First base but with the majority of Americans as well.

Trump’s immigration priorities include:

  • Construction of a border wall
  • Deporting unaccompanied alien children who are not at-risk in their native country
  • Preventing criminal illegal aliens and gang members from receiving immigration benefits
  • Mandating E-Verify, which weeds out illegal aliens from taking U.S. jobs
  • Eliminating the diversity visa lottery
  • Classifying overstaying a visa as a “misdemeanor”
  • Restricting certain federal grants to sanctuary cities that refuse to detain criminal illegal aliens
  • Ending family-based chain migration
  • Enacting a merit-based legal immigration where only qualified immigrants can enter the U.S.

In Ryan’s DACA plan, fellow Republicans revealed that the full-funding of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border does not “definitively” have to be part of the amnesty agenda.

A Pulse Opinion Research poll in August, though, showed that Americans believe the second-most important aspect to stemming the flow of illegal immigration was constructing a border wall on the southern border.

Likewise, in the Senate plan, Republicans have reportedly ruled out mandating E-Verify — which would prevent employers from hiring illegal aliens over Americans — and ignored the Trump administration’s demands for an end to family-based chain migration, through which more than 1.5 million immigrants are admitted to the U.S. every year.

That same Pulse Opinion Research poll found that 68 percent of Americans support mandatory E-Verify, 53 percent say stopping employers from hiring illegal aliens was the most important component to ending illegal immigration, and 54 percent said they wanted to see overall legal immigration levels reduced.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates for less immigration to lift the burden off American workers, slammed Republicans’ efforts to pass an amnesty.

Previously, FAIR’s director, Dan Stein, made clear that the only path forward for any kind of amnesty for illegal aliens would need to be considered after all of Trump’s immigration priorities were implemented.

“Democrats have made clear that they desperately want a DACA legalization, yet are unwilling to consider any reforms that truly benefit the American people and reflect the national interest,” Stein said. “Any DACA program will have an enormous and immediate downside, increasing pressure on our borders by those who wish to cash in on a legalization. The plans detailed in the administration’s agenda must be in place prior to any DACA negotiations, to ensure that DACA doesn’t ignite yet another crisis at the border.”

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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