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Rep. Chu Statement on Trump Immigration Proposal

May 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, President Trump announced a new immigration proposal that reduces family-based immigration, creates a burdensome merit-based system for new immigrants, and fails to address Dreamers, TPS, or detained immigrant children. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“We need a smart immigration policy that meets the needs of our communities and economy. Donald Trump’s plan is not that. It is, as with all of Trump’s policies, about excluding people.

“Our economy requires workers at all skill levels, as Donald Trump himself has demonstrated with his own hiring practices for his golf clubs and resorts. Nor do I trust that a President who complained of immigrants from ‘sh—hole countries’ is serious about judging immigrants on their merit. He’s proven far more consistent in judging immigrants by ethnicity or religion. Further, by attacking family-based immigration, this plan won’t even accomplish what Trump claims. Why would a skilled engineer or scientist want to come to America if it meant having to leave a spouse or children at home?

“I addition to the insult of having to live up to Donald Trump’s definition of ‘merit’, this proposal fails to address some of the country’s most pressing immigration concerns, like a path for citizenship for the 800,000 Dreamers, which is supported by over 80% of the country. Nor does this plan do anything to reunite children who were taken away from their families by this administration and are still held in unconscionable camps. The Trump Administration’s immigration policies have been a bigotry-fueled disaster that is in no way resolved by Trump’s new proposal.”