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Trump’s Latest Immigration Reform Bill Will Target Non-English Speakers

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In what he’s calling “the most significant reform to the immigration system in half a century,” President Trump submitted a bill to the Senate today that would slash the number of green cards issued by half, prioritize English speakers and introduce a merit-based point system for applicants seeking green cards.

The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) ACT was initially introduced in the Senate in April. The new proposals submitted today added harsher stipulations as to who receives the “golden ticket,” as Trump’s senior advisor for policy, Stephen Miller, referred to green cards during a White House press conference.

Currently, 1 million green cards are issued. Under the new policy, that number would be cut in half. Immigrants are eligible to apply for a green card through various categories, including through family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents or through employment. Green cards provide residency and work authorization to individuals, and also provide a fast track to citizenship, the ability to assist in immigrating family members and access to benefits afforded to citizens, like welfare services.

Under the new proposal, those seeking green cards would be ranked on a points system that would give higher priority to people who:

1. Speak English.

2. Have the ability to financially support themselves and their families.

3. Have a skill considered to contribute to the U.S. economy.

4. Are paid a high wage in their field. They would receive incremental points if their hiring company pays one, two, three, etc. times the median wage.

The updated bill also strictly limits “chain migration,” meaning the ability to assist relatives in immigrating to the U.S. Under the reform, people can only bring their spouse and a minor child/children to the U.S. Elderly relatives, siblings or other relatives would have to apply through the points system.

In today’s press conference, Miller said chain migration has lead to a large influx of unskilled migrants. As a result, immigrants are to blame for high unemployment rates amongst African-American, Hispanic and blue collar workers, as well as previous immigrants who have to compete with them for jobs. According to Miller, they are also to blame for companies paying low wages because they’re willing to work for less.

Miller did not provide any hard evidence or statistics when asked to do so during the press conference, and mostly relied on what he called “common sense.”

The current green card system also, according to Miller, costs tax payers since half of immigrant households receive welfare benefits.

This proposal falls in line with Trump’s campaign promises and, as Miller claims, reflects the desires of the American people.

“Maybe it’s time we have compassion for American workers,” Miller said in the press conference.

The proposal and Miller’s statements during the press conference caused an uproar on social media and among the journalists at the press conference.

CNN’s Jim Acosta accused the Trump administration of “trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country” by prioritizing English speakers. Acosta added that it goes against what is written on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Acosta said: “It doesn’t say anything [on the Statue of Liberty] about speaking English. Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you are telling them they have to speak English?”

That did not go over well. See the whole exchange below.

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It’s no doubt Latino immigrants would especially be affected by this new addition to the bill.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan nonprofit that analyzes migration data and refugee policies, reports that in 2015, 45% of U.S. immigrants identified as Hispanic or Latino. That accounts for 19.5 million people. They also report that in the same year, the largest population with limited proficiency in English are Spanish speakers, who account for 64 percent of the U.S. population. Forty-nine percent of the 43 million immigrants in America in 2015 spoke little-to-no English. So it’s safe to say that Spanish speakers are especially being targeted by the new policy favoring English speakers.

The bill also discriminates against the elderly, who are less likely to earn merit points. It also directly targets Latinos as they make up a large portion of the workforce in the fields of hospitality, agriculture, and construction, which are widely considered as jobs in which unskilled immigrants are employed. In other words, migrant workers picking fruit in fields will have a much harder time attaining green cards as the new bill prioritizes immigrants with higher education levels and with careers that pay high wages.

As Miller put it, the bill ends “unskilled chain migration, but making sure great minds, inventors, innovators, scientists can come into the U.S.”

Trump’s administration assumes American citizens are willing to do the jobs immigrants have taken on. If this ill passes, we will see if that’s true, though many have heavy doubts.

Still, Miller insists public support for this bill is “immense” and challenged media outlets to poll their readers.

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Pregnant Mom Of Two Children Faces Deportation Back To Guatemala Without A Place To Go

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Pregnant Mom Of Two Children Faces Deportation Back To Guatemala Without A Place To Go

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It’s quite rare to hear of raids in sanctuary cities such as New York City or Los Angeles, but detainments do happen. In 2018, the Queens Eagle reports that 33 people were detained in Queens and 35 were detained in Brooklyn. This latest case is not only affecting the person arrested but her small children as well.

A Guatemalan pregnant woman living in Queens with her two U.S.-born children is currently facing deportation.

Alma Sofia Centeno Santiago is a 33-year-old undocumented woman that was arrested by ICE at a Queens courthouse. She was there for a court appearance in regards to a dispute with the father of her child. Some called foul when Santiago was initially arrested because ICE cannot do those inside courthouses.

“This a particularly harrowing example of the human devastation caused when ICE enters the courthouse,” Make the Road Action Managing Director Daniel Altschuler told the Eagle earlier this month.

The family of this woman is very concerned for because she’s currently very sick and, also, if deported, has nowhere to go when she gets to Guatemala.

Santiago, who’s been held at New Jersey’s Bergen County Detention Facility for two months, is reportedly experiencing extreme stomach pain and is in quarantine due to a measles outbreak at the center.

Her family and friends already fear the worst because they haven’t heard from her in a couple of days.

“We are nervous and concerned because she usually calls us,” her friend Jennifer Pacheco told the publication, “She said if she didn’t call them, they may have moved her. They told her that maybe Sunday night going into Monday, or Monday night going into Tuesday that she will probably be removed and deported.”

If deported, Santiago leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

READ: 11-Year-Old Undocumented Girl Is Being Forced To Leave The U.S. Without Her Family

Trump’s Children Were Called Anchor Babies By George Lopez And A Lot Of People Got Very Upset

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Trump’s Children Were Called Anchor Babies By George Lopez And A Lot Of People Got Very Upset

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The term “anchor baby” is an offensive term that President Donald Trump used before his political career. The phrase refers to the children of undocumented people U.S. By law, that makes them U.S. citizens. The term, however, is Trump’s way of demonizing the offspring of immigrants. Calling anyone an anchor baby is a moot point because everyone in the United States comes from immigrants except Native Americans, and some Mexicans whose ancestors were born on U.S. soil when the land still belonged to Mexico. But all of this is to say, the majority of U.S. citizens come from immigrants. Never the less, the term was brought up recently due to the impending ICE raids.

After Trump threatened undocumented people in the U.S. with ICE raids last week, comedian George Lopez told them to detain Trump’s “anchor” babies.

“Uh, @icegov ‘if your listening’ you can find these immigrants at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – Signed Enrique Empanada the third 😭😭 #vivalaraza #45melapela.”

The post included mariachi music and the Trump family with photoshopped sombreros.

Lopez’s use of “anchor baby” is using Trump’s words against him by suggesting that his ex-wife and current wife, both immigrants, had children in the U.S. making them citizens, which is a birthright.

Lopez is a loud opponent of Trump and his administration since before the election. It began after the then-candidate referred to Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals.”

During his 2017 comedy special, Lopez said if he ever ran into Trump, he would sexually assault him since he said that is what Mexicans do. Lopez also pretended to urinate on Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a plastic water bottle.

So did people like the joke? Hmmm…yes and no.

The joke can be taken different ways depending how you look at it. For some people, it is great to see these words weaponized against the man who is harming the community.

He’s only saying what Trump has been saying for years.

Trump and Lopez have the same logic, which makes the joke very funny. They think that using insults is the way to debate these kinds of issues. Clearly, the Instagram post is catching people’s attention.

Did he go too far?

People didn’t like that he used a picture of the youngest Trump. However, to be fair, Trump has no issue with infants being taken from parents at the southern border and left in detention centers. Those in the detention centers have ended up getting pretty sick lately.

Lopez gained new fans from the joke.

They say some humor is supposed to be offensive. Not to mention that political comedy can get really offensive since people don’t like being challenged.

Oh, come on now. Why are you crying?

Did you think the joke was funny or do you think that Lopez went a step too far.

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