Immigration Showdown Looming After Pipe Bomb Attack
By: J.E. Solis, Xiro Xone News December 12, 2017 Updated: 3:11 PM
Advocates who want to close what they call the “floodgates” of immigration blame chain migration for the increase in legal immigrants in this country. Reform advocates say, “it’s a pillar of the country’s immigration policy that helps families stay together.” Pushing back, “Families can stay together by returning to the country of origin of their parents, which they should proudly do” said one anti-immigration advocate.
In 2016, Trump campaigned on ending chain migration, which refers to rules in the Immigration and Nationality Act that allow citizens and people with green cards to be granted immigrant visas for family members. President Trump demanded that Congress make good on that promise as they find a legislative solution for people living in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
President Donald Trump blames the policy for allowing Monday's New York City bombing suspect into the country. He claims, “It allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country.” During a press conference today, he vowed to end it.
As lawmakers in Washington scramble to find a legislative solution for approximately 800,000 people living in the country under the DACA program, Trump’s demands that it be paired with an end to chain migration could complicate negotiations. Conservatives say they have a mandate from the president to deliver a solution that includes ending chain migration.
Immigrants’ rights groups say doing away with chain migration would radically change America’s immigration system and will surely reduce the number of people of color, coming to the United States. They also pushed back on using the term, chain migration, saying it tars a basic cornerstone of the current legal immigration structure that allows legal immigrants to bring their family members with them.
Megan Essaheb, director of immigration advocacy for the group Asian Americans Advancing Justice said,
“This, along with the [White House’s] other immigration policies feel like an attack on immigrants and communities of color, and an attempt to keep people of color out of the United States.”
Essaheb, pointed to the Dream Act, one DACA solution has support from members of both parties in both chambers. “I don’t think President Trump is going to veto the Dream Act,”
In an article last month, the conservative website Breitbart News praised Trump’s plans to end chain migration, saying it “would halve the annual immigration inflow of new workers and future voters,” which Essaheb said, “hints at the policy’s race-baiting nature.” Immigration control advocates say it is strictly about the numbers. Chain migration has caused legal immigration to quadruple in the last 50 years since the Immigration and Nationality Act was created, they say.
Immigration control group NumbersUSA calls the policy “one of the chief culprits in America's current record-breaking population boom, congestion, and school overcrowding that damage Americans’ quality of life.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, “The president is aggressively going to continue to push forth responsible immigration reform, and ending chain migration would certainly be a part of that process.”