In the Reflector last week, I saw U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan give a reason for hard-line immigration policy. He said, "(T)he mandate from the 2016 election was real clear — the American people made Donald Trump president, made Republicans the majority in the House and the Senate — to build a border security wall [and] stop chain migration ..."
Firstly, Trump also repeatedly said during that election campaign that he would not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Yet House Republicans have recently released a budget plan with big cuts to those programs. And I don't hear Jordan speaking up to keep that Trump promise.
Secondly, does Jordan really want to sink tens or hundreds of billions into a wall based on a Trump paranoid fantasy — that a flood of Mexican evil-doers is rushing over the border?
And as for “chain migration” — that's become a smear word for "family-based immigration." According to the immigration lawyer Eric Pavri, family-based immigration "has been the basic principle of U.S. immigration law for over a century." In a widely-shared Facebook post, Pavri said, "This means that a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident parent, spouse, adult child, or sibling files a 'petition' for you. Depending on the category that you fall into, the wait will be anywhere from 1 to 22 years (yep) before you can use that petition to take the next step — applying to become a Permanent Resident."
Jordan said, "We want to welcome folks who come here for legitimate reasons who want to ... follow the law." But when Jordan and Trump try to stop family-based immigration, they are trying to stop folks who come here to join their families — a legitimate reason in my book. And they are trying to stop a major form of legal immigration.