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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 10:51
White House announces new immigration reforms
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The White House has shared a one-page “Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security” with Republican lawmakers.

The border security measures include a $ 25 billion trust fund for a “border wall system,” funding for additional Department of Homeland Security personnel, an end to “catch and release,” increased funding for detention, expanded use of expedited removal, measures to prevent the importing of synthetic drugs, and “immigration court reforms to improve efficiency and prevent fraud and abuse.”

In addition to the enforcement enhancements, the White House would support: 

  • A 10-12 year path to citizenship for the 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients as well as other DACA-eligible immigrants under a revised deadline for an estimated total of some 1.8 million individuals. 
  • Limiting family sponsorships to spouses and minor children in an effort to end “extended-family chain migration,” which currently includes adult sons and daughters and siblings of US citizens in the family-based sponsorship categories. 
  • Elimination of the visa lottery program under which 50,000 citizens of underrepresented countries are admitted to the United States each year and “repurposing” the lottery visa numbers to help reduce the family-based and highly skilled employment visa backlogs.
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