Beyond the Wall: The State of Immigration Reform
In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that, in six months, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) would end unless Congress passed more comprehensive immigration legislation. Since Congress has failed to do so, the Trump Administration released a framework containing their preferred immigration plan which includes ending chain migration, eliminating the Visa Lottery, and moving the country to a merit-based entry system. This framework is included in one of at least four proposed immigration bills currently in the legislature.
Now that the March 5, 2018 deadline for DACA has passed, members of Congress are actively trying to construct a bill that would be supported by both Democrats in the Senate and the conservative House Freedom Caucus. If immigration reform is not passed, thousands of DACA recipients will lose their protections to stay in the United States and become at risk for deportation.
Chairman, Cuyahoga County Republican Party
Francis Fungsang, Esq.
Partner, Margaret W. Wong and Associates LLC
Co-Coordinator, The InterReligious Task Force on Central America