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House and Senate Border Bills Insufficient for any DACA amnesty deal

Article publisher: 
Center for Immigration Studies
Article date: 
October 24, 2017
Article category: 
National News
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The Center for Immigration Studies has published analysses of two border/immigration bills presented by Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate that could be part of any DACA amnesty deal. The measures are the amended version of the border security bill (H.R. 3548) sponsored by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, and the "Building America's Trust Act" (S. 1757) sponsored by Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chairman John Cornyn, which began as a companion to the McCaul bill but now includes a number of additional provisions. Because they could serve as the vehicles for an immigration deal that would amnesty DACA recipients, these bills deserve detailed examination.
The Center reviewed Rep. McCaul's Border Security for America Act of 2017 prior to mark-up and found it "too flawed, too narrow, and too poorly crafted." The addition of seven amendments has not altered this assessment. The Senate bill has a number of positive elements, but in its current form they are outweighed by its flaws and contradictions.
Dan Cadman, a Center fellow and author of the analyses, said, "This nation deserves a more robust border security and interior enforcement bill than what we see coming out of Congress. I hope amendments and redrafting will be able to fix the problems in these two bills. Just as importantly, any deal that permits an amnesty would need to go beyond enforcement by mandating E-Verify, to stop the next surge of illegal immigration, and changing chain migration policy, to mitigate the resulting increase in legal immigration."
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