An immigration watchdog has announced it is reluctantly endorsing an immigration bill in Congress because the legislation addresses key concerns about U.S. immigration policy.
Numbers USA spokesman Chris Chmielenski says the organization is backing the Securing America's Future Act, HR 4760, which was introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlattee (R-Va.) and three other House lawmakers.
The decision was not an easy one, Chmielenski tells OneNewsNow, because Numbers USA has led a grassroots push to oppose amnesty for illegal aliens since the group was founded in 1996. But the Goodlatte bill, he says, fulfills three bedrock concerns: it calls for an end to chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and mandates e-Verify for all U.S. employers.
"And at the same time," Chmielenski admits, "it does offer an amnesty to 694,000 DACA recipients."
Despite support from groups such as Numbers USA, HR 4760 has been described as a "mass deportation act" by the liberal Hispanic Caucus which is calling for more "bipartisan" legislation from Republicans.
A description of the bill by The Hill says it has "limited benefits" for existing DACA recipients compared to other more generous proposals that provide a "permanent path to citizenship."
HR 4760, reports The Hill, only allows them to seek permanent residency after obtaining work permits but calls that an "expensive and time-consuming" process.
Chmielenski says Numbers USA, meanwhile, is pleased with the results of a Harvard-Harris poll that shows Americans support President Trump's demands for a border wall, and restrictions to chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.
The poll also suggests Americans support reducing the number of legal immigration annually.
Approximately 1.1 million new legal immigrants arrive in the United States annually.
"But 63 percent of Americans want to see that number cut in half or even more," he says, citing the poll. "More than 80 percent want to see it reduced from the one million number."
Numbers USA founder Roy Beck described HR 4760, and defended his support for the bill, in an op-ed for The Hill that can be read here.
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