The 2020 presidential election draws closer and immigration is once again taking shape as a hot button campaign issue. As both Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and President Trump jockey for political support and votes, various amnesty proposals are once again coming to the surface.
Historically, both political parties share near equal responsibility for decades of amnesty programs which have flouted U.S. law in favor of cheap labor interests and encouraged more illegal immigration. Now, in 2020 we once again see campaign promises and proposals which put political expediency over the interest of American workers”
As reported in The Hill:
Biden last month promised “on day one” of his presidency to “send a bill to Congress that creates a clear road map to citizenship for Dreamers and 11 million undocumented people who are already strengthening our nation.”
Biden said the legislation is “long overdue.”
President Trump, for his part, appears to be strengthening merited-based legal immigration requirements while also indicating he would grant citizenship rights to illegal immigrant “dreamers” or DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] recipients.
As reported in the Washington Times:
Separately, the president is “willing to work with Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], one that could include citizenship.” Mr. Deere described a piece of legislation Mr. Trump first offered in 2018.
In the past 30 years, Congress has passed seven major amnesty bills granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. As a result, the U.S. has put out a virtual welcome sign for more illegal immigration with an estimated 11-20 million illegal aliens currently in the United States.
Amnesty proposals are popular around elections because candidates and political parties see the potential to add millions of new voters to their rolls while protecting cheap labor interests. Unfortunately, the real implications of these policies have depressed wages and encouraged more illegal immigration.