There has been much chatter about what is in the plan, with new developments coming in over the weekend. So far, from what is known publicly about the immigration plan, there is cause for both concern and optimism.The plan will increase border security.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Kushner’s immigration proposal includes a border-security push that would include modernizing ports of entry.
Increasing border security is a positive, yet incomplete component of reducing illegal immigration. Requiring employers to verify the legal work status of their employees through a nationwide Mandatory E-Verify program and ending birthright citizenship would do far more to curb illegal immigration.
The plan may include Mandatory E-Verify.
Breitbart reported on Friday that the plan will likely include nationwide Mandatory E-Verify. If true this is, so far, the most positive aspect of the immigration plan to come out of the White House.
Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, CAPS has been advocating for legislation that mandates that employers verify the immigration status of their employees.
The plan won’t reduce legal immigration numbers.
According to Politico, Kushner told lawmakers “that his immigration plan won’t reduce the overall number of immigrants entering the country — a priority for many of the president’s most ardent political supporters.”
President Trump is poised to make a serious mistake with his immigration plan if he takes a path on legal immigration endorsed by the Koch Brothers and big businesses who are interested in an endless supply of cheap foreign labor.
CAPS has long-called on President Trump to promote wage increases for American workers by cutting immigration levels. See our latest action alert here.
President Trump’s immigration promises: reducing both legal and illegal immigration, were hallmarks of his presidential campaign. With the 2020 election right around the corner, the same voters who elected President Trump could decide to sit out the next election, or worse, if the president caters to the interests of big businesses on immigration.