Senate judiciary chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley today introduced a far-reaching GOP plan for reforming the nation’s immigration laws — but two of his Senate GOP allies immediately split off to offer Democrats a bigger amnesty and a smaller cutback in chain-migration.
The GOP plan, dubbed the Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Reform Efforts, or SECURE Act, would offer three-year work permits to 690,000 DACA illegal-immigrants in exchange for ending chain migration, requiring mandatory screening to exclude illegals from jobs, closing asylum loopholes used by migrants to get into the United States, and penalizing so-called “sanctuary cities” which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration-enforcement agencies.
The chain-migration element is key because it would reduce immigration by half, so driving up Americans’ salaries, aiding civic assimilation of recent migrants, and spurring new productivity-boosting business practices.
The bill is backed by Senators Grassley, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, James Lankford, David Perdue, and Tom Cotton — but it is also being strongly supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. For example, McConnell endorsed the chain-migration end last week.
But two of the GOP Senators are already suggesting they could accept major changes to the package.
Grassley introduced the bill Tuesday afternoon in a floor speech, saying “this plan is fair to all parties. It’s pro-American. And it’s a solution to DACA.”
This bi-partisan pro-American worker reform, which the President strongly supports, is an important first step towards creating the merit-based, economically productive immigration system that both Democrats and Republicans want to see.
Grassley was followed to the floor by North Carolina Sen. Tillis, who endorsed the bill but suggested he would back an bigger amnesty for roughly two million illegals.
The Grassley bill includes a three-year work-permit program for 690,000 illegals, dubbed the BRIDGE Act. The act does not allow the 690,000 DACA beneficiaries, or the 3 million ‘dreamer’ young illegals, to get citizenship. But Tillis used his 10-minute speech to tout his SUCCEED Act which would provide a 15-year path to citizenship for up to 2 million illegals who could subsequently bring in chain-migrants, including their parents.
The SUCCEED Act “will be considered in the process … [as] a solution for undocumented children,” said Tillis, who is a strong advocate for outsourcing Americans’ jobs. The average age of the DACA recipient is 26.
The SUCCEED Act would allow illegals who say they entered the country younger than 16 by mid-2012 to get work permits and then apply for citizenship in 15 years. The authors say the bill would cover up to 1 million people, but recent estimates by the pro-amnesty Migration Policy Institute says the bill would cover up to 2 million younger illegals. That inflow is equivalent to two new foreigners for every four Americans born in 2017.
The Democrats’ favored legislation, the DREAM Act, would provide a fast-track to citizenship for 3 million illegals, and would not limit chain-migration.
The DACA recipients are “a great group of people … they deserve an opportunity,” Tillis said, even though the illegals’ college-graduation levels are far below the college graduation rates of Americans. Also, nearly all DACA illegals interviewed by Breitbart News has rejected any compromise proposals, including cutbacks in chain-migration.
Sen. Cornyn also spoke after McConnell and hinted that the chain-migration reform could be diluted.
In his introductory speech, Grassley said “starting day one,” that chain-migration would be ended, so ensuring that new immigrants could only bring in their spouses and minor children — but not their parent’s siblings, the siblings’ spouses, or the sibling spouses’ parents, regardless of age or health, skills, ideology or ability to assimilate into the United State’s open culture.
In contrast to Grassley, Cornyn suggested that the bill includes ”some limits on chain migration.” That phrase implies that the Grassley’s “day one” rules would be eased to allow some chain migration.
Cornyn’s possible concession, however, did not earn him any praise from pro-amnesty lobbyists, including Todd Schulte, the director of the FWD.us group. The group was created by investors to lower white-collar salaries by increasing the supply of foreign white-collar workers.
The pro-amnesty group, America’s Voice, described the bill as “a witch’s brew of nativist poison pills.”
Grassley’s bill includes many proposals that get very high support levels in polls. For example, the bill would require companies to use the E-verify system to ensure that companies do not hire illegals. The Senators said that their version of “mandatory E-verify” would include protections for small businesses.
The bill would hire more border agents and judges to quickly process legal claims made by border-crossers, support spending on the border wall, and change rules to curb asylum claims by so-called “unaccompanied alien children.”
The bill would also enact “Kate’s Law,” which is named after Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant in the “sanctuary city” of San Francisco. The bill is formally titled the “Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015,” and it would raises sentences for migrants who repeatedly violate immigration laws by returning to the United States after being deported.
Each year, four million Americans turn 18 and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.
But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting one million new legal immigrants, by providing almost two million work-permits to foreigners, by providing work-visas to roughly 500,000 temporary workers, and doing little to block the employment of roughly eight million illegal immigrants.
The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor and spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also encourages discrimination against American workers, drives up real estate prices, widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, and hurts kids’ schools and college education. Furthermore, it pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and reduces the work activity rate below the rate in foreign rivals, which sidelines millions of marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.