New Bill Would Slow Immigration, Help Stabilize Population

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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November 17, 2017
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Dave Brat’s three-in-one bill would end chain migration and visa lottery,
mandate E-Verify.

In 2014, U. S. Representative Dave Brat made American electoral history when he defeated fellow Republican and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary. Brat’s victory marked the first time a sitting majority leader had been beaten in a primary since Congress created the position.

Among Brat’s campaign talking points were sensible immigration policies that benefit Americans, and a no-amnesty platform. Since first elected to the House in 2000, Cantor had supported various amnesties that his colleagues proposed.

Today, Congress is considering an amnesty for about three million young adults that would set off chain migration for millions more of their relatives. But Brat recently introduced H.R. 4340, the American LAWS Act; LAWS is an acronym for American Labor, Wages, and Sovereignty. Brat’s single bill would fulfill three major objectives that common sense immigration proponents have endorsed, and that other House representatives introduced earlier this year.

First, HR 4340 would end chain migration as outlined in Georgia Rep. Jody Hice’s Nuclear Family Priority Act.  Second, HR 4340 would end the visa lottery which randomly awards to overseas citizens 50,000 lifetime work permits, Social Security numbers and other affirmative benefits. Florida Rep. Bill Posey (r-FL.) introduced the SAFE for America Act in February. Third, HR 4340 would mandate E-Verify, and thereby protect Americans and legally present immigrants from job displacement. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith’s bill, the Legal Workforce Act, is the latest in a series of mandatory E-Verify bills introduced in previous Congresses.

Brat’s three-in-one bill is a major step forward to reduce legal immigration and remove the jobs magnet that encourages illegal immigration. Lower immigration levels would help slow immigration and stabilize population. Please Click Here: to Take Action to Support HR 4340 HERE.
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