Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) introduced legislation recently to require all businesses to use the E-Verify system to identify eligible citizens and legal resident aliens, while also ending chain migration and the current visa diversity lottery. He introduced his bill on Friday, citing fear of upcoming Republican legislation that would grant amnesty and permanent work permits for beneficiaries of Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) known as DREAMers.

Rep. Brat is hoping to get his legislation introduced before the House and Senate working groups introduce theirs. He says his legislation would cut legal immigration in half by ending chain migration and the visa Lottery and would take significant steps toward curtailing illegal immigration by requiring all businesses to use E-Verify. His bill would not contain an amnesty for illegal aliens.

"The numbers from those three pieces I just mentioned clearly outweigh the DACA — by a lot,” Brat said last week. “And so you’re just saying, ‘OK, we can deal with 700,000 here [in DACA] because we’re getting a reduction in millions here.’"

Dems threaten to shut down government

Democrats threaten to shut down the government next month if Congress does not provide amnesty to DACA recipients. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who chairs the powerful House Rules Committee and serves on the House group on DACA, said Republican leaders do not plan to include a DACA amnesty in the December spending bill. President Donald Trump said earlier this year that he would revisit the DACA issue if Congress fails to act by his March 5, 2018 deadline. Republicans in both the House and Senate have expressed a desire to keep the young illegal immigrants in the country. They came as minors and currently about 700,000. 

Brat’s bill would limit the number of persons, including family members, who can be sponsored by citizens or resident aliens as immigrants. 

Terror from Iran, Sudan, and Syria

According to the State Department, since 2007, at least 28,783 individuals from terror-sponsoring countries (Iran, Sudan, and Syria) have received visas to enter the U.S. through the diversity visa lottery program. The visa lottery program awards 50,000 visas every year through a random drawing from countries with low immigration rates to the U.S. The immigrants who are awarded the visas are granted legal permanent residence status and lifetime work permits, jumping ahead of other immigrants awaiting admission. The program has been the target of critics ever since it was revealed that the Muslim terrorist who killed eight persons in New York City on October 31 came from Uzbekistan on a diversity visa. Trump has asked Congress to end the visa lottery program and chain migration.

In 2004, the State Department’s deputy inspector general warned that the diversity visa program contained “significant threats to national security as hostile intelligence officers, criminals, and terrorists attempt to use it” to enter the United States. 

Trump has endorsed Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.)’s RAISE Act that would end the visa lottery and chain migration. The House Freedom Caucus have announced that they would support Rep. Bill Posey’s (R-Fla.) SAFE for American Act which would also end the visa program.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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