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FAIR Issues Blueprint for True Immigration Reform in the New Administration
An Immigration Policy that Serves the National Interest
“The United States does not currently have an immigration policy, let alone a principled one,” said FAIR President Dan Stein
(November 29, 2016, Washington, D.C.) – The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) today issued its Priorities for the 2017 Presidential Transition, a blueprint for true immigration reform in the next administration and the 115th Congress. The transition plan was introduced at a Washington, D.C., news conference.
The detailed plan lays out short- and long-term policy goals that would refocus U.S. immigration policy on the interests of the American people. “The United States does not currently have an immigration policy, let alone a principled one,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “The new administration must lead the nation in formulating an immigration policy that sets and enforces limits on legal immigration; eliminates – to the greatest extent possible – illegal immigration; and protects American workers, taxpayers, and our most vulnerable citizens.”
Among the recommendations for addressing the crisis of mass illegal immigration, the transition document urges:
- Repeal of all Obama administration executive policy decisions that have effectively exempted nearly 90 percent of all immigration law violators from enforcement, including the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
- Enactment of legislation that removes incentives and rewards for illegal immigration. These include mandatory use of E-Verify by employers to ensure that U.S. jobs are filled by legal workers; elimination of nonemergency, nonessential public benefits and services to illegal aliens; implementation of already legislated biometric entry/exit requirements; end “birthright citizenship” for the children of illegal aliens and birth tourists.
- Foreclose the possibility of amnesty for immigration law violators.
- Enhanced border security, including additional border infrastructure and manpower.
- Enhanced enforcement against immigration law violators. While removal of criminal and dangerous foreign nationals must remain a priority, all illegal aliens must be subject to removal.
- An end to sanctuary jurisdictions that illegally impede or
immigration enforcement, including the denial of certain federal funds
to those jurisdictions.
- Reductions in overall levels to more historic norms of about 300,000 annually. Significantly reducing overall levels of immigration is consistent with the recommendations of the Jordan Commission in the 1990s, which was supported by President Bill Clinton.
- An end to family chain migration by limiting family-based immigration to spouses and unmarried minor children of the principal immigrant.
- Implementation of a merit-based selection system that places all
prospective immigrants, regardless of race, religion or national origin
on a level playing field.
“The American people have spoken very clearly in this recent election. They want illegal immigration stopped. They want a more limited immigration policy that admits people who are most likely to make the greatest contributions to our nation. FAIR’s Priorities for the 2017 Presidential Transition provides the new administration and Congress with a clear plan for implementing an immigration policy that serves identifiable public interests and upholds our national values,” concluded Stein.
The complete Priorities for the 2017 Presidential Transition document can be found here.
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country’s largest immigration reform group. With over 500,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
FAIR to Lay Out Immigration Reform Blueprint for Trump Transition at National Press Club(November 21, 2016, Washington, DC) President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to restore public interest to immigration policy. His initial appointments – including naming Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general – indicate that he intends to make good on his campaign commitments.
Many of those reforms have been advocated by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). In anticipation that the new Trump administration will move quickly to secure the border and enforce America’s immigration laws, FAIR has prepared a step-by-step transition document to help the president-elect hit the ground running on January 20.
FAIR will lay out goals for the first 100 days, and a detailed agenda for reforming immigration policy in the public interest under the Trump administration at a news conference for credentialed media at the National Press Club. The document includes suggestions for overhauling the legal immigration process, addressing illegal immigration and enforcement of laws in the interior of the country, and refugee policy and national security.
FAIR looks forward to advising the new administration on true immigration reform.
Who: Dan Stein, President of FAIR
When: Tuesday, November 29 at 1:00 PM EST
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20045, First Amendment Room
Contact: Cassie Williams
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 500,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.