According to one White House official who spoke to the Washington Examiner, if immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are allowed to sponsor more than just their spouses and children, it would “trigger the largest immigrant wave ‘in the history of the world.’”
Not Ellis Island Anymore
The official hoped to explain chain migration in his warning, which could allow for an influx of immigrants far beyond what the U.S. can handle.
“Each two immigrants averages seven sponsorships,” the official told the Examiner. “A legalization of 2 million would be a net legalization of something like 9 million total, so two would become nine.”
Which would mean that instead of issuing say roughly 10 million green cards over a decade, you end up issuing something like 20 million, which would be the largest increase in immigration not only in the history of our country but probably in the history of the world.
The official’s remarks were offered on a conference call with reporters that was organized by the White House this week to help a bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) pass. The bill has two major demands in it: ending the diversity visa lottery and ending chain migration.
DACA recipients, sometimes called Dreamers, were brought to the United States as children by their illegal immigrant parents, but allowed to stay in the U.S. under the program. The Democrats now want to offer these immigrants, who are mostly young adults, citizenship.
Republicans, however, say that’s only feasible if there’s a protection to keep their parents — still living in the U.S. illegally — from applying for citizenship themselves on the basis of the Dreamer’s new status.
Trump’s Four Pillars
The White House has outlined four points that Congress must address in an immigration bill if they want the president’s support, including a wall built on the southern border, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, an end to the visa lottery, and an end to chain migration.
The Senate is debating several bills this week, including one authored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) that would not only offer Dreamers citizenship but would protect illegal immigrant criminals from deportation.
It does not fund the president’s infamous border wall, however, which could mean that even if it passes in the House and Senate, the bill won’t become law.
Only time will tell whether meaningful immigration reform will be passed.
Kit Perez is a Conservative Institute contributor. She is an intelligence analyst with a dual specialty in counterintelligence and HUMINT. She writes on national security, tech, and privacy issues. Kit has a B.A. in Counterintelligence and an M.A. in Intelligence Studies from American Military University.