Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump discusses immigration ideas in dinner with Republican lawmakers

President Donald Trump is discussing border security and other measures that the White House wants to see included in an immigration bill during a dinner with Republican lawmakers on Monday, an administration official said.

Legal authority to close border security “loopholes” and other immigration reform measures were on the agenda for the dinner between Trump and House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the official said.

Other attendees included Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump discusses immigration ideas in dinner with Republican lawmakers”

Tue, Sept 5, 2017: Trump issues statement on phase out of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WHITE HOUSE

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

As President, my highest duty is to defend the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America. At the same time, I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws – this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend.

In June of 2012, President Obama bypassed Congress to give work permits, social security numbers, and federal benefits to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants currently between the ages of 15 and 36. The typical recipients of this executive amnesty, known as DACA, are in their twenties. Legislation offering these same benefits had been introduced in Congress on numerous occasions and rejected each time. Continue reading “Tue, Sept 5, 2017: Trump issues statement on phase out of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy”

Wed, Aug 2, 2017: Trump endorses Senate bill to cut legal immigration levels

President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels in half over a decade, a potentially profound change to policies that have been in place for more than half a century.

Trump appeared with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in February to create a “merit-based” immigration system that would put a greater emphasis on the job skills of foreigners over their ties to family in the United States.

The legislation seeks to reduce the annual distribution of green cards awarding permanent legal residence to just over 500,000 from more than 1 million. Trump promised on the campaign trail to take a harder line on immigration, arguing that the growth in new arrivals had harmed job opportunities for American workers.

Click here to read more from The Washington Post.

Wed, June 28, 2017: Trump meets with victims of immigrant crimes, promotes No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

The mother of 21-year-old Sarah Root of Iowa, killed last year by an illegal immigrant drunken driver, met with President Donald Trump in the White House Wednesday and heard him urge support for a bill requiring pretrial detention for undocumented defendants who kill.

Michelle Wilson-Root, 48, will be in the House Chamber Thursday when the bill’s provisions are debated and voted on, she said. Wilson-Root had met previously with Trump who, as a candidate last year, said her daughter had been sacrificed “on the altar of open borders.”

Trump spoke about the bill the House will consider Thursday, according to a pool report of his remarks. “We will cut federal grant money to cities that shield dangerous criminal aliens from being turned over to federal law enforcement,” he said. The bill would also incorporate elements of “Kate’s Law,” named for 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was killed in July 2015 in San Francisco by an illegal Mexican immigrant who had been previously convicted of a crime and deported.

“This law will enhance criminal penalties for those who repeatedly re-enter the country illegally,” Trump said.

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Wed, June 21, 2017: Trump talks economy, immigration, border wall at rally in Iowa

President Donald Trump on Wednesday night held a campaign-style rally in Iowa, at which he congratulated the Republican winners of Tuesday’s special elections in South Carolina and Georgia. He also sent his well wishes to Rep. Steve Scalise, who was injured in last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

Accolades aside, a noteworthy, policy-related aspect of his rally was announcing his intentions to pursue legislation that would bar immigrants from being eligible for welfare for at least five years.

But U.S. immigration law already bars most foreigners who enter the country on immigrant visas from being eligible for federal benefits for the first five years.

It’s unclear how Trump’s proposal differs from the current situation. Continue reading “Wed, June 21, 2017: Trump talks economy, immigration, border wall at rally in Iowa”

Wed, Mar. 8, 2017: Trump talks immigration with Laurene Powell Jobs

President Donald Trump discussed immigration policy with Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs and a critic of Trump’s travel ban, at the White House on Wednesday, according to an administration official.

The meeting comes after the president issued a second executive order temporarily barring travel and immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries. The order also halts all admissions under the U.S. refugee program for the next four months and halves the number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. this fiscal year.

Critics of the president’s immigration policies often point to Steve Jobs as an example of how the U.S. has benefited by welcoming foreigners into the country. The former Apple chief executive’s biological father, Abdul Fattah Jandali, immigrated to the U.S. from Syria in 1952.

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Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump discusses plan to cut legal immigration with Sens. Perdue, Cotton

Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton headed to the White House on Tuesday, ready to discuss their new legislation to slash legal immigration during their private policy discussion with President Donald Trump.

Turns out, the president didn’t need to be briefed.

“He knew all about it,” Perdue recalled Tuesday afternoon.

In separate interviews Tuesday, both senators said they left their Oval Office meeting encouraged by Trump’s reception of their legislation, which would eliminate several avenues used by U.S. citizens to sponsor family members for green cards as well as other changes to the legal immigration system.

Click here to read more from Politico.

Mon, Mar. 6, 2017: Trump signs new travel ban

President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts.

The new order, which takes effect on March 16, keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It applies only to new visa applicants, meaning some 60,000 people whose visas were revoked under the previous order will now be permitted to enter. Continue reading “Mon, Mar. 6, 2017: Trump signs new travel ban”

Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump meets with President Kuczynski of Peru

The first Latin American leader to visit U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House said on Friday that he told Trump he prefers bridges to walls and favors the free movement of people across borders.

However, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski declined to comment specifically on Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking in a press conference following the meeting.

“I don’t want to get into the wall,” Kuczynski, a former Wall Street investment banker said in a video distributed by his office. “We’re interested in the free movement of people … I emphasized that to President Trump and we prefer bridges to walls.” Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump meets with President Kuczynski of Peru”

Tue, Feb. 21, 2017: Trump administration issues new rules on immigration, deportation

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers,” but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released on Tuesday.

The Department of Homeland Security guidance is the implementation plan for executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement that Trump signed on Jan. 25, days after taking office. Continue reading “Tue, Feb. 21, 2017: Trump administration issues new rules on immigration, deportation”