Andrew Arthur: 'What must be in any DACA amnesty bill'

Last week we heard from Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, about his thoughts on The White House's immigration outline. He wasn't happy with it. You can click here to listen to that interview.

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Mark Krikorian: 'The Art of the Choke'

Andrew Arthur, resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, has also offered up his thoughts on what should go in the DACA amnesty bill. Here's the beginning of his latest piece published in the Washington Times:

The White House last week released its “Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security,” the president’s proposal for providing status to aliens covered by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

That framework is clear that legislation should give legal status to approximately 1.8 million DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, prospectively end chain migration, and eliminate the diversity-visa program. Less clear, however, is what the “border security” component of that legislation should consist of. The president’s October 2017 Immigration Principles and Priorities, however, contain a clear guide for what additional elements such legislation should contain.

As my colleague Mark Krikorian has stated, any amnesty “serves as an incentive for future illegal immigration, and … has downstream legal-immigration consequences.”

The chain migration provision will mitigate, in part, the downstream legal immigration. To deter future illegal immigration, however, any bill resulting from this framework must strengthen immigration enforcement and plug the loopholes that led to the recent flood of unaccompanied alien children (UACs)...

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