House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement on the Securing America’s Future Act(H.R. 4760):
“Our current immigration system is outdated and failing the American people, which is why we need a solution that’s most consistent with President Trump’s four pillars: strengthen our borders, address chain migration, end the visa lottery program, and fix DACA. Today, I ultimately decided to vote against the Securing America’s Future Act because the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act–also known as the four-pillar solution–is our best path forward to fully secure the border, stop illegal immigration, close enforcement loopholes, and end the threat of amnesty. The Border Security and Immigration Act also contains stronger solutions to keep families together and stop children from being separated from their parents at the border. To ensure we won’t be back here in the same situation 10-15 years from now, the Border Security and Immigration Act is the solution that I believe needs to go to the president’s desk for his signature. I look forward to bringing it to the House floor for a vote.”
NOTE: The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act authorizes and advance appropriates $25 billion for the wall and border security and includes triggers to ensure that these funds are not rescinded or transferred in order for any visas to be issued to DACA recipients under the new merit based visa category.
It more fully responds to President Trump’s call to address the separation of children from their parents at the border by requiring DHS to maintain the care and custody of aliens together with their children while any charge for illegally crossing the border is pending and providing funding for DHS family residential centers.
The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act more fully delivers on the president’s four pillars for immigration reform (DACA; border wall; chain migration; and visa lottery) than the Securing America’s Future Act does.The bill has a built-in trigger that ensures robust funding for border security before the DACA population is able to compete for the new merit-based visas. The bill specifically requires that advanced appropriations must not have been rescinded or transferred to another account in order for any visas to be issued under the new merit-based category created by the bill.
The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act also includes the Department of Homeland Security’s highest priority operational needs as it relates to immigration enforcement, eliminates the visa lottery and two family-based immigration categories in favor of merit-based immigration. The percentage of merit-based immigration to the U.S. each year under the bill would double, from approximately 13 to 26 percent.
The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act provides a long-term solution to the DACA problem. We must address this problem on a long-term basis, and the bill provides a long-term solution for DACA so we don’t have to revisit this again in the near future.