“The President proposes and Congress disposes”
For the first time since 2006-2007, the President of the United States has sent Congress a written proposal for immigration reform and modernization.
President George W. Bush was the last President to send a detailed proposal to Congress which, as it turns out, was torpedoed by Democrat U.S. Senators led by two men, Harry Reid of Nevada and Barack Obama of Illinois.
President Bush not only sent Congress a detailed proposal, he addressed the nation on television detailing his proposal. President Bush is the only President since 1986 that thought immigration should be brought into the 21st Century. We needed, Bush thought, to modernize immigration laws and control that had last been changed in the 1950s, 60s and 1986.
At its core, Bush’s proposal would have legalized many who had entered the U.S. illegally. Critics called the plan “Amnesty.” It’s what they called the legalization elements of the 1986 immigration law signed into law by President Reagan. That law legalized an estimated 3 million people.
After Bush, President Obama — who personally killed Bush’s proposal in the Senate — broke his promise to fix immigration and generally ignored it during his entire eight years as President. He stabbed Hispanics in the back when he was directed by his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, who said Immigration would not be considered until a second term. Another broken Obama promise.
The only bright spot on immigration between 1986 and 2017 was Obama’s Deferred Action Executive Order allowing people brought to the U.S. as children to be deferred from deportation and allowed to stay and work if they met some qualifications. DACA was undoubtedly not “constitutional” but it made it through several efforts by Obama’s successor Donald J. Trump’s juvenile efforts to kill the program despite its being overwhelmingly popular with the American people including as many as two of three Republicans.
U.S courts refused Trump’s efforts to kill DACA and to deport the 700,000 people who entered the program.
Ordering DACA’s demise was only one of Trump’s efforts to limit immigration, to ban it from some countries and to restrict any and all immigration despite the Constitution’s mandate that Congress was in charge. Trump never sent a proposal to Congress; he used Executive Orders to torpedo all immigration, especially for those who came to the border to ask for asylum.
Trump was successful. Legal immigration plummeted as designed by Trump’s number one Immigration guru, the pride of Duke University, Stephen Miller, grandson of poor pitiful Jewish Belarus immigrants who were part of the flood into the U.S. of Eastern European Jews between 1890 and 1920, the very people the U.S. Congress basically banned in the racist-based Immigration Act of 1924. That law cut off Italian and Jewish immigration that had numbered in the millions during the 1890s and first 20 years of the 20th Century.
Here enters Joseph R. Biden, Junior, the 46th President of the United States and grandson of Roman Catholic Irish immigrants.
In his first hours as President he sent a written immigration reform proposal to the newly Democrat controlled Congress. There is no need to outline his proposal because Congress will do what it wants, not what he wants.
Here is what Congress should produce:
It should change family immigration rules to parents, children and brothers and sisters only of current legal immigrants and citizens…It should reward education, acceptance of those with more education and highly desirable skill sets should be prioritized…It should create a workable work permit system for foreign nationals that is employer-based in fields of endeavor suffering worker shortages; i.e. construction, hospitality and agriculture…It should allow those who entered the country illegally five or more years ago to enter a long complicated legalization process that might take ten years.
As the United States is no longer replacing its native population, one of the principal goals of immigration law should be at least to replace our population and to grow the population. An educated adult population allowed to immigrate saves the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in educating a work force and creates instant tax payers.
Growth must be maintained. A country not growing that is getting older is a country like Japan and Germany. If Congress wants an older country that isn’t growing it will oversee another dying country. President Biden apparently knows this, President Trump did not.
Which will it be, a USA that grows and prospers or a Japan or Germany that is shrinking into irrelevance?