news

Home / news / In the News

In the News

Broad GOP Support for Ending Chain Migration

f t # e
Washington, February 27, 2018 | comments

True conservative immigration reform requires an end to chain migration. In the past 35 years alone, 20 million people have come to the country simply because a relative had a green card. Recent polling suggests 79 percent of voters want an immigration system that prioritizes highly educated and skilled immigrants. Merit-based immigration makes sense for the 325 million Americans, and that should be the priority of legislative action.

As The Heritage Foundation explained earlier this year, “While reunifying immediate family members (spouses and children) should remain a priority of the immigration system, our current system allows single immigrant to secure green cards for his or her parents and siblings, making it possible for an extensive web of external family members to relocate to the U.S.”

“Family-based immigration is not concerned with what an immigrant can contribute to the U.S. economy, nor with the fiscal costs of bringing in less-educated immigrants,” concluded Heritage.

The policy arguments are inescapable, and ending chain migration has long been part of President Trump’s immigration proposal.

CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

Below is Congressman Palazzo's feature in the blog post. Link to full blog post here

Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) — January 11, 2018
“As a government, we are charged with supporting the well-being and safety of all American citizens. In order to fulfill this responsibility, we must secure our borders, end chain migration, and mandate E-Verify as a national practice. We don't need to promote the practice of rewarding illegal aliens by providing jobs and safe havens, but, rather, our obligation is to law- abiding American citizens. We cannot take care of the rest of the world if we are unable to take care of America and its citizens first.”

f t # e