It's the start of a new month; a month that could see the House vote on immigration legislation that either ends the decades-long trend of uncontrolled immigration or continues the status quo while granting millions of illegal aliens lifetime work permits.
While most Members of Congress have been back in their districts for the Memorial week recess, GOP Leaders in the House have been working on a way to deal with two revolts in their conference -- one by nearly 100 House Republicans who are pushing for a vote on Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 4760, and another by a few dozen Republicans who are pushing for a full-fledged, no-strings amnesty.
UPCOMING KEY DATES
Ongoing -- House Leaders negotiate DACA deal with key Republicans, including Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina (House Freedom Caucus), Rodney Davis of Illinois (Main Street Republicans), and John Katko of New York (Main Street Republicans)
Tues., June 5 -- Congress returns from Memorial week recess
Thurs., June 7 -- House Republicans meet to hear GOP leadership's DACA amnesty proposal
Week of June 17 -- Likely votes on immigration legislation
Mon, June 25 -- Earliest possible vote on discharge petition that would force a series of amnesty votes (if not negated by votes in the previous week)
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The House could vote on strong legislation -- the Goodlatte bill -- that ends chain migration and the visa lottery, requires all employers to use E-Verify, and provides much needed reforms that would strengthen enforcement.
But as many of you read in Jim's letter yesterday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was on Fox News earlier this week and made no mention of chain migration, the visa lottery, or E-Verify.
The petition signers are pushing for a vote on amnesty with minimal (if any) enforcement.
The Trump Administration has sent mixed signals. Just last week, Pres. Trump said "it's time to get the whole package", meaning at least an end to chain migration and additional border security. But we've also seen the Trump Administration agree in the past to a DACA amnesty in exchange for only border wall funding.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Beginning on Monday, we'll need to apply lots of pressure on Congress in advance of the GOP meeting on Thursday. Both House Leaders and key negotiators need to hear from their constituents that the majority of Americans want a reduction in overall immigration through an end to chain migration and an end to illegal hiring by requiring all employers to use E-Verify. Please be on the lookout for action alerts with instructions each day next week.
|CHRIS CHMIELENSKI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR|