In the next few weeks, the Trump Administration is sending Senators and Representatives a list of immigration proposals targeting legal and illegal immigration. This wish list contains a series of demands and policy-backings that could undermine efforts for immigration reform and DACA renewal.
The list includes backing of the Davis-Oliver bill that would make it easier for local police to question people they stop about their immigration status. Other forms of proposed legislation would be an overhaul of the green card system and other ways to drastically reduce skilled labor entering the country. With regards to the green card process, the proposal tries to cut ways in which the government can prevent extended family members, including siblings and adult children, from joining permanent residents in the U.S.
The list also holds backing for the controversial RAISE Act, which puts new limits on the number of people who can enter the United States legally through work permits. When Trump met with Republican leadership within the past few days, the leaders argued to do away with chain migration that allows family members of legal immigrants to immigrate to the United States. They argued for the RAISE Act so as to create a merit-based system where immigration is determined by education level and other non-familial factors.
OUR VERDICT: Largely driven by Stephen Miller, Trump's senior policy adviser and a known immigration hardliner, this list of demands goes far beyond much of the proposed legislation that other conservative individuals hope to pursue, and undercuts efforts for DACA to succeed. Nevertheless, watch for how much the Republican party agrees with these demands, once presented formally to them.