Trump’s immigration proposal

Article author: 
Paul Mirengoff
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Article date: 
20 May 2019
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National News
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President Trump presented his new immigration plan today. It focuses on enhancing border security and basing entry into this country on merit.

The plan is perhaps most notable for what it doesn’t do. It offers nothing for the “Dreamers” or even the smaller DACA population.

And it does not decrease the amount of legal immigration. For every potential immigrant who loses out due to the slashing of chain migration, another potential immigrant will be admitted due to what he or she has to offer America....

Because the plan does nothing for illegal immigrants present in the country, it has no chance of being enacted. Democrats will block it....

Trump must feel more comfortable with keeping the legal immigration level where it is. It’s consistent with his American Greatness theme to want to admit large numbers of the best and brightest from around the world. And his base, while many in it would probably prefer less legal immigration, isn’t likely to balk over keeping such immigration where it is...

In addition, and perhaps most importantly, by keeping legal immigration where it is, Trump can easily dodge the charge of being anti-immigrant...
Trump’s political instincts are usually sound, so if he thinks he can sell his new proposal on the campaign trail, then there’s a good chance that he can.


Kushner’s Immigration Plan: Not A Gang Of Eight Catastrophe—But Still An Assault On Middle Class, Historic American Nation, by Washington Watcher, VDare, May 17, 2019.

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