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Immigration Law

Expert: White House Immigration Plan 'Dead on Arrival'

Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg BNA, Jan. 26, 2018 - "The White House’s legislative framework, originally mentioned Jan. 24 and expanded upon Jan. 25, would provide legal status and eventual citizenship to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants.  It also would create a $25 billion trust fund for a border wall and include other enforcement measures.  And it would cut some family-based visa categories and eliminate the diversity visa lottery, farming out what would have been diversity visas to whittle down existing backlogs in family- and employment-based visa categories.  “I think the White House proposal is dead on arrival,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell University Law School, told Bloomberg Law Jan. 26.  “Substantively it contains too many poison pills for Democrats to swallow,” and “it also may go too far for conservative Republicans who are opposed to granting legalization for up to 1.8 million noncitizens,” a big leap from the 690,000 currently in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, said Yale-Loehr, who also practices with Miller Mayer in Ithaca, N.Y.  “Procedurally, there’s just no way that Congress can enact something in two weeks,” he said.