Sen. Graham, White House unveiling immigration reform

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

"USA Border" signAn immigration watchdog is taking a wait-and-see approach to a promising U.S. Senate bill that appears to crack down on illegal immigration and abuse of asylum claims.

Meanwhile, the Trump-led White House is set to announce its own immigration plan later today. (UPDATE: President Donald Trump has laid out a merit-based immigration plan that would give preferential treatment to high-skilled workers.)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has introduced the Secure and Protect Act and says its goal is stopping the record-breaking numbers of asylum-seeking illegal aliens streaming to the United States from Central America.

The measure would end asylum claims from that region of the country, since the reasons for granting asylum are restrictive which means a majority of requests eventually fail to stand up in court. But illegals use the asylum system to gain entry in the United States, however, then disappear into the country while awaiting a court date.

Graham's bill would add and additional 500 immigration judges to deal with the backlog of cases, which currently take more than a year to review.

Lindsey GrahamThe bill would also extend the time families can be held together from 20 to 100 days to help allow claims to be processed without families being released into the U.S.

“The four-pronged approach to stopping the massive asylum abuse at the southern border is a great idea,” responds Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Despite the promising language, Ray says FAIR is concerned because of the bill’s author.

Graham, he says, has “cozied up” to amnesty proposals in the past so the concern is such a proposal will be attached to the tough-sounding bill.

Ray tells OneNewsNow, for example, that amnesty for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may be put on the bargaining table.

Honduran caravanIn fact, President Trump has floated that compromise to Democrats in the past but it was rejected over their hatred for border barriers.

Meanwhile, President Trump is scheduled to announce a White House plan for immigration reform today, May 16, in a Rose Garden speech, The Associated Press is reporting.

That plan, the AP reported, suggests overhauling the “green card” system to welcome more high-skilled laborers and to reduce so-called “chain migration” that is currently favored in U.S. immigration laws.

The wire service story said the White House plan does not address DACA.

According to Ray, Sen. Graham has stated he expects Democrats to address DACA but tells OneNewsNow that FAIR opposes any form of amnesty for illegal aliens.

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