The new White House immigration proposal is intended as a policy road map, showing what Republicans are for, not merely what they are against. As such, it has many strengths — but also one large weakness.
The plan’s most significant change is to focus family immigration on the nuclear family, rather than other adult relatives who have their own families. Those other categories are the drivers of chain migration — when, for instance, an immigrant, now a citizen, sponsors his brother, who moves here with his wife, who eventually sponsors her own siblings, and so on.
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