Illegal Immigration



In probably the most transparent event by any president ever, Trump invited the press to attend a White House meeting with 25 members of both parties from the House and Senate on Tuesday.  The televised portion lasted an hour, and ended with President Trump answering questions.

During the meeting, Trump said he would back a two-phase approach to immigration reform.  The first phase would deal with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) problem he inherited from the Obama Administration, and funding the The Wall.  The second phase would deal ending with Chain Migration and the Diversity Lottery Visa program.


President Trump said that he wanted to enact bipartisan immigration reform, which he called a “bill of love,” that both secured the border and resolved the fate of young unauthorized immigrants whose temporary protection from deportation is expiring soon.  Trump emphasized that the plight of Dreamers was a dilemma that concerned both Democrats and Republicans.

“I feel having the Democrats in with this is absolutely vital, because this should be a bipartisan bill,” he said. “It should be a bill of love.  Truly, it should be a bill of love. And we can do that.”

“But it also has to be a bill where we can secure our border.  Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace.  A lot of people are coming in that we can’t have.”

“Maybe we can do something,” Trump said.  “We have a lot of good people in this room, a lot of people that have a great spirit for taking care of people we represent.”

Trump noted that the suspect in a recent terrorist attack in New York City had entered the US on a family-based immigration category, Chain Migration.  “I really think that a lot of people are going to agree with us now on that subject,” he said.

He also insisted on ending the diversity visa lottery program, which randomly selects roughly 50,000 immigration applicants annually from countries with a low rate of immigration to the US.


The “deadline” for Trump and Congress to pass immigration reform is March 5th, because that is when the DACA extension, signed by Trump last September, ends.  Trump has said he wants to handle the DACA problem in the same bill that provides funding for The Wall.

DACA was established by the Obama Administration, via an illegal Executive Order, in June 2012.  It allows illegal aliens who entered the U. S. as minors to remain here.  For those who apply and qualify, they receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit.


In 2012 Pew Research Center estimated that up to 1.7 million people might be eligible for Obama’s DACA program.  Statistics suggest that 60,000 illegal aliens currently graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

As of June 2016, US Citizenship & Immigration Services had received 844,931 initial applications for DACA status, of which 741,546 (88%) were approved, 60,269 (7%) were denied, and 43,121 (5%) were pending. Over half of those accepted reside in California and Texas.  This problem was created by 30 years of very little border enforcement.

In 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.  This allowed illegal aliens living in the U. S. to come “out of the shadows” to apply for amnesty.  All foreign nationals were eligible without regard to race, country of origin, ethnicity.  If they did so, they were promised that they would not be deported.  About 3 million illegal aliens, mostly from Central America and Mexico, applied for amnesty.

Over thirty years, five administrations have allowed anyone and everyone to cross our borders without visas.  Moreover, foreigners who came here on temporary visas (for example, tourist, student & work visas) are not deported after their visas expire.  Foreigners were not only allowed to cross the border without visas, but were allowed to bring their children.  Indeed, President Obama put out a notification inviting foreigners to send their kids here without adult supervision, so American taxpayers could take care of them.

President Trump has inherited quite an immigration mess.

Diane L. Gruber

American, Born & Bred

About Diane L. Gruber

I am a proud American who is tired of biting my tongue for fear of making a Liberal mad; for fear of being called racist because I believe in the Rule of Law; for fear of damaging my license to practice law. NO MORE!!!! Conservative-minded citizens have stayed silent for decades while Liberals have caused significant damage to American culture and to our nation. I lived in a Third-World Dictatorship. Generation after generation had been trained to kow tow to the government. They were afraid to discuss ANYTHING about the government even in the privacy of their own homes. My "Time" magazine arrived with articles cut out, after the censors got through checking it for heresy. With Political Correctness and "hate speech" rules, we are already halfway to officially losing our precious Freedom of Speech. If we want anything of value to remain for future generations we need to act now, rally in the streets now, speak out now. Don't be cowed.

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