On October 8, 2017, the Trump administration released several documents outlining its immigration policy priorities divided into three categories:
The administration sent these documents to Congress as a list of demands that must be included in any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The Trump administration recently ended DACA, asking Congress to find a legislative fix before the deadline of March 5, 2018, leaving the lives of 800,000 undocumented young Americans hanging in a balance.
Commonly referred to as the DREAMers, these young immigrants were brought to the U.S. as children and grew up Americans except on paper. DACA gave these DREAMers protection from deportation and work authorization enabling them to positively contribute to their communities.
What information did the White House documents contain?
The documents contained a list of demands that the Trump administration would like included in the DACA legislation currently being decided in Congress. While the documents do not refer to specific bills, the substance of the White House policies closely track several bills currently in Congress.
The "merit-based" reforms run parallel to the RAISE Act, introduced earlier this year by Senators Cotton (R-AR) and Perdue (R-GA), which would drastically cut legal immigration levels, while the enforcement provisions can be largely tied to H.R. 2431, an enforcement-only bill introduced by Rep. Labrador (R-ID) that would dramatically expand immigration enforcement, criminalize undocumented immigrants, and result in mass deportations nationwide.
Below is a summary of each priority:
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