Top Legislative Updates 2017 - Trump Administration Lays Out Immigration Policy Principles The three-part plan largely echoes the President’s campaign promises, emphasizes public safety, and reflects the recommendations of the bipartisan Jordan Commission, signed on to by President Bill Clinton. “Rather than asking what policies are supported by special interests, we asked America's law enforcement professionals to identify reforms that are vital to protect the national interest,” President Trump explained. “In response, they identified dangerous loopholes, outdated laws, and easily exploited vulnerabilities in our immigration system – current policies that are harming our country and our communities.”
Top Legislative Updates 2017 - Trump Sets FY2018 Refugee Cap to a Responsible 45,000 On Wednesday, September 27, the Trump administration informed Congress that it will limit the number of refugees entering the United States to 45,000 for the next fiscal year. (Reuters, Sept. 27, 2017) The new cap kicks in October 1 and returns the refugee resettlement rate back to traditional levels. Previously, President Obama had increased the annual cap for FY 2017 by more than double from FY 2015, to an unprecedented 110,000 refugees per year, before leaving office.
Top Legislative Updates 2017 - Merit Based Immigration The White House-backed Senate bill that would replace our chain migration immigration system with a merit-based one sent critics and much of the media into a frenzy, even though the approach is common in many parts of the world. (Fox News, Aug. 3, 2017) Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue’s (R-GA) Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, would replace the current U.S. legal immigration system largely based on extended family ties with a transparent and objective selection process that awards points based on individual skill.
GOP Tax Plan Would Close Illegal Alien Tax Credit Loophole House Republicans unveiled a tax overhaul last week that would strip illegal aliens of the ability to claim several major tax credits. The bill’s authors estimate that doing so would save the government a whopping $23.1 billion over the next decade.
Trump Rules Out DACA Amnesty in Spending Bill, Urges End to Chain Migration Last Thursday, President Donald Trump put an end to rumors that a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty could be attached to a December omnibus spending bill. The President made the assurance shortly after meeting with a group of Republican senators at the White House.