What are the Republicans “Standards” for Immigration Reform?

////What are the Republicans “Standards” for Immigration Reform?
It is important that Republicans are releasing something on immigration reform.  There are plenty of ways for Republicans and Democrats to come together to solve our broken immigration system and enact meaningful and long lasting reform.  I am not sure that these “Standards” or “Principles” accomplish that goal.  But it is a good beginning from which to start the conversation.  Let’s discuss what the principles say.In the first half, the Standards explain that the House will not tackle immigration reform in one bill, like the Senate did in S.744, nor will it conference with the Senate on its bill. Meaning that the Senate will need to accept the House’s Bill or no laws get to the President’s desk.  The House also will hold the President accountable for implementing and enforcing any law, but no discussion on how it will do so. Of course, the House focuses first on securing our borders and a no tolerance policy for people who violate our laws in the future. There must be electronic worksite enforcement and an effective entry/exit registration program to track visitors who overstay visas.  The focus is clearly on enforcement, before anything else.

The second half shows a different perspective to immigration.  Republicans state that our immigration system is too reliant on family ties or luck, when it should focus on business needs.  For example, foreign students who can contribute to the economy and temporary work programs for industries like agriculture.  This would be a significant change, but it demonstrates an acknowledgment that immigration reform can improve the economy.

There is good news for the DREAMers. Republicans argue that those brought into the U.S. illegally as children shouldn’t be punished for their parent’s mistakes.  Those who graduate from college or serve in the military should be allowed to become citizens.  The DREAMers’ undocumented parents and relatives don’t fare as well. They recognize that this population contributes to the economy, but they don’t merit a “special path to citizenship.”  Instead, they will be granted some legal status and can achieve citizenship through existing laws.

In future blog articles we will unpack these “principles” in greater detail.  In the meantime, you can call us at 888-695-6169 with any questions.  If you want to be proactive you can request our book 7 Secrets to Successfully Prepare for Immigration Reform by filling out the form to the right or by clicking here.