For now, it looks like any expansion of legal immigration is dead in the water at the federal level.
Twitter user Columbia Bugle tweeted, “Sounds like Kushner’s Immigration Plan is going nowhere. The proposed legislation ‘doesn’t reduce the overall numbers of immigrants or make E-verify mandatory. We need an immigration system that works for American Workers, this doesn’t appear to be.”
Sounds like Kushner's Immigration Plan is going nowhere.
The proposed legislation "doesn’t reduce the overall numbers of immigrants or make E-verify mandatory."
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) February 15, 2020
POLITICO reported that Trump’s immigration plan, which he released in 2019, is now floundering.
Some even believe that it won’t go anywhere.
Many immigration patriots have criticized Trump’s immigration proposal for being too soft on mass migration and lacking focus.
“The substance is flawed because it doesn’t address the most important reforms that the president’s supporters want to see,” declared Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, one of the leading immigration restrictionist groups in America. “The strategy is flawed because they are trying to do too many things.”
According to a White House official, Trump will be spending the next few months trying to push for immigration reform now that the impeachment drama is no longer gobbling up his time.
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and the brains behind this immigration plan, firmly believes that this plan can move forward.
“Before you go to battle, you have to do preparation,” Kushner said during an interview with POLITICO on February 14, 2020. “We have done the heavy lifting, the hard prep work. So if the Hill develops an appetite to move forward on an immigration deal, we will be ready. Ultimately, the president will consult with the leadership on the Hill and then decide, do we release the plan now, or do we put it out after the election.”
A White House official claims the bill has already gained the support of 22 GOP senators, which includes Mike Lee of Utah and David Perdue of Georgia, and believes it will end up receiving the support from nearly all 53 Republican senators. However, other individuals involved with the negotiations don’t necessarily believe those numbers.
“It’s a super hard problem, but our job is to try and tackle hard problems,“ Kushner stated. “It’s easy to say what hasn’t been done can’t be done, and so often the media declare the president’s agenda items to be impossible — like it did with [United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement], the China trade deal, criminal justice reform or building a wall. But time and time again the president proves them wrong.”
Trump mentioned this legislation during his recent State of the Union address.
“We are working on legislation to replace our outdated and randomized immigration system with one based on merit, welcoming those who follow the rules, contribute to our economy, support themselves financially, and uphold our values,” Trump said.
Trump’s proposal would allow more high-skilled, well-educated immigrants to enter the country. On the other hand, the plan would reduce the number of people who enter the country using family connections or if their native country has low migration rates.
It also features measures that tighten up border security, which includes stricter visa screenings at ports of entry and tighter asylum rules, while also expanding the implementation of E-Verify, an electronic system that enables businesses to verify the work status of their employees. The plan would reassemble the Department of Homeland Security and establish an immigration czar.
Chris Chmielenski, deputy director at NumbersUSA, another organization pushing for patriotic immigration reform, said his group still has misgivings about Trump’s legislative reform because it doesn’t reduce the total number of immigrants or establish an E-Verify mandate.
“Democrats and Republicans are opposed. I don’t think some people in the White House fully understood they would be,” Chmielenski stated. “It’s more difficult of an issue than they thought.”
Over a million immigrants are allowed to enter the United States annually on a permanent basis. However, only 140,000 of those immigrants entered through employment categories. The rest of the migrants are relatives, refugees, or individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to America. The numbers don’t include temporary or seasonal workers.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, revealed that Kushner also called him seeking his support. However, Krikorian said he rejected Kushner’s outreach, informing Kushner he couldn’t support a plan that doesn’t involve a wholesale reduction in migration.
All in all, immigration reform remains dormant in D.C.
The good news is that there are no new expansions in overall migration.
Should Trump win re-election and Republicans take the house, real immigration reforms like establishing E-Verify, repealing birthright citizenship, and ending chain migration must be on the table.
Trump’s second term should put immigration as priority #1.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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