The White House released an immigration framework that contains their priorities.
These are the 4 pillars:
- BORDER SECURITY: They are planning on collecting a $25 billion trust fund for the border wall system, ports of entry/exit, and northern border improvements and enhancements.
Also, appropriating additional funds to hire new DHS personnel, ICE attorneys, immigration judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement professionals.
Deter illegal entry by ending catch-and-release and by closing legal loopholes that have eroded our ability to secure the immigration system and protect public safety.
Ensure the detention and removal of criminal aliens, gang members, violent offenders, and aggravated felons.
Ensure the prompt removal of illegal border-crossers regardless of country of origin.
Deter visa overstays with efficient removal.
Institute immigration court reforms to improve efficiency and prevent fraud and abuse.
- DACA LEGALIZATION: Provide legal status for DACA recipients and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants.
10-12 year path to citizenship, with requirements for work, education and good moral character.
Status is subject to revocation for criminal conduct or public safety and national security concerns, public charge, fraud, etc.
- PROTECT THE NUCLEAR FAMILY: Protect the nuclear family by emphasizing close familial relationships.
Promote nuclear family migration by limiting family sponsorship to spouses and minor children only (for both Citizens and LPRs), ending extended-family chain migration.
Apply these changes prospectively, not retroactively, by processing the “backlog.”
- ELIMINATE LOTTERY AND REPURPOSE VISAS: The Visa Lottery selects individuals at random to come to the United States without consideration of skills, merit or public safety.
Eliminate lottery and reallocate the visas to reduce the family-based “backlog” and high-skilled employment “backlog.”
These are the main pillars that the White House is pushing for when it comes to immigration. We will see how things play out.