June 27, 2018

The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 Was Not A True Compromise Bill

The House of Representatives just voted down HR 6136, The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. Linda Chavez, director of the Becoming American Initiative, released the following statement against the bill:

The so-called ‘compromise’ Republican immigration bill demonstrates how far the Republican Party has shifted under President Trump. Any immigration bill that reduces the number of legal immigrants should be dead on arrival for Republicans — the party that is supposed to understand labor markets and supply-side economics.

With 5.7 million unfilled jobs and the country at full employment, successful immigration reform must feature a broad-based guest-worker visa that employers who can’t find American employees can easily use. Such a reform would also help secure the border because it would provide a legal pathway for immigrants looking to improve their lives through hard work.

Real compromise immigration reform would recognize that immigrants aren’t ‘infesting’ or ‘invading’ the country, but rather playing a vital role in its future success.