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(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Wednesday came out in opposition to a bipartisan immigration proposal by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), saying the amendment would “increase illegal immigration, surge chain migration, continue catch and release, and give a pathway to citizenship to convicted alien felons.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters issued a statement in response to the Coons’ amendment, saying, “The White House opposes the McCain-Coons immigration proposal, which would increase illegal immigration, surge chain migration, continue catch and release, and give a pathway to citizenship to convicted alien felons.”
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Walters pointed to a press release by the Department of Homeland Security, which said it ignores the recommendations by DHS front-line operators.
According to DHS, It fails to secure the border, is a “mass legalization bill” instead of a DACA bill, grants immediate status to millions of illegal immigrants including criminal aliens and convicted felons, surges chain migration, and keeps the visa lottery.
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DHS said the bill fails to secure the border, because it does not authorize “a single penny for appropriations for border security” thereby ensuring that the border “is never secured or our national security protected.” Instead, it requires DHS to “submit a strategy on securing the border to Congress - something that DHS has already done.”
“This is an insult to the expert men and women who spent thousands of hours putting together the plan that the McCain-Coons proposal summarily rejects,” DHS said.
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The amendment “handcuffs immigration operators while refusing to provide new authorities, such as granting officials access to federal lands or border construction waiver authority.” The proposal also doesn’t close legal loopholes in the immigration system, DHS said, “like leaving ‘catch and release’ for family units and unaccompanied alien minors fully in place.”
Furthermore, the proposal “grants citizenship to hundreds of thousands of additional illegal aliens...
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