The United States is preparing for another immigration policy fight as the results of more than a year’s worth of hardline Trump administration immigration measures pile up, CNN writes.
The issue of immigration may eventually prove to be one to shape the upcoming midterm elections and is, at the same time, prompting congressional GOP leaders to vote and go on the record on what has often turned out to be a politically sensitive subject.
Namely, Republican lawmakers voted late on Tuesday on an immigration deal which meets the demands of both moderates and conservatives in their party and which includes an agreement to vote on two immigration bills next week.
The deal represents a culmination of President Donald Trump’s policy of the past 17 months during which he has been claiming that previous Republican and Democratic leaders had failed to enforce immigration laws, thus putting the nature of American culture and society under threat from an influx of newcomers.
However, there has also been fierce debate over the past few days about the implications of the current administration’s tough immigration policy, raising questions as to whether they square with the humanitarian and moral standards that America has historically set for itself.
The administration recently began enacting its tough immigration agenda, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions cracking down on asylum rules and reducing claims by victims of domestic and gang violence.
The Justice Department said late last Friday that it would not defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in a Texas lawsuit, while the attorney general has also pressed judges to increase their workloads to accelerate the pace of deportations.
Furthermore, the Department of Homeland Security has severely cut the number of people from ten different nations who live and work in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status.
However, even though all these actions represent yet another set of campaign promises kept for Trump, there are many within his party who don’t agree with such policies, fearing that these could hurt them politically as they fight for re-election.