BlackHouse, Oct. 11 – A new set of immigration policies has been released by the White House meaning to toughen up the current laws for immigrants.
The new policies aim at changing the green card system and “beefing up border security and facilitating deportations.” The measures are announced necessary to decrease the damages caused by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, also announced that the list of measures is decided to “mitigate the legal and economic consequences of any grants or status to DACA recipients.”
The new legislation released late Sunday by the White House also calls for the funds to construct the border wall with Mexico as was vowed by Trump in his campaign rallies. It also “allow the deportation of unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the US and impose more rigorous checks on asylum applicants.”
Gang members’ entrance into US is also aimed by the measure to be blocked. Visa overstayers, who comprise the largest part of immigration offenders according to the report by Center for Migration Studies, are also decreed to be managed by the new measure.
Sanctuary cities will also be deprived by the measure to receive any grants provided by the US Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
The number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will rise by 10,000, in addition to the current 20,000, and an extra 300 federal prosecutors will be hired to tackle the immigration challenge.
The new measure has a long way to be passed by the House to be made into law. The Democrats in the House reacted to the harsh terms against dreamers (people who were taken to US in childhood). As House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says:
The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.
With the announcement of new measures, protest erupted across the US against the racist and inhumane policies by the US president Donald Trump.