Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), House Judiciary Committee Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), and House Homeland Security Committee Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) released a video on the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760). This bill closes many gaping loopholes in our existing immigration enforcement laws, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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Below is a transcript of the video.
Jordan Fabian, The Hill: I want to go back to immigration. There is a group of conservatives in the House who believe they have a bill that fits all the criteria that the President laid out – the Goodlatte proposal –I’m wondering what the President’s thoughts are on that bill and would he support the Congress passing that and would he sign it?
Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary: I believe that it addresses the principles that we have laid out and would be something we would support.
Immigration is an important part of America’s past and it will remain an essential piece of our future.
With the introduction of the Securing America’s Future Act we have an historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system.
In a time when our enemies are exploiting new ways to attack our homeland, allowing the status quo to continue is simply unacceptable. Fortunately, we are taking decisive action.
The purpose of our legislation is simple: to help President Trump keep his promise to the American people.
Our bill will modernize America’s immigration system for the next generation, enacting conservative reforms that will make our nation strong.
When the American people hear about all the issues and solutions we address in this bill, we are confident that they will be in agreement that these are smart policies to secure our country, secure our communities, and have an immigration system that’s actually working for us.
Our bill provides the necessary funds to build a wall, invest in new technology, and improve and modernize points of entry.
It also adds more boots on the ground with 5,000 new Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers.
In addition, our bill provides new interior enforcement measures to help remove criminal immigrants and keep gang members out of the country. It cracks down on sanctuary cities, increases criminal penalties for deported criminals who illegally return, and makes the E-verify program mandatory to help ensure that employers hire only legal workers.
Our bill will also strengthen our economy and create jobs by transitioning to a merit-based LEGAL immigration system that puts the needs of the American people first.
Our bill ends chain migration and the visa lottery program, reduces overall immigration levels, and creates a workable agricultural guestworker program.
Finally, this bill provides DACA recipients a reasonable, long-term legislative solution to include strong anti-fraud measures.
The American people are tired of seeing Washington kick the can down the road. They want their elected leaders to get this done and we now have a president in the White House who is putting America first.
We must work together to ensure we have an immigration system that works for America and respects the rule of law.