The Hispanic Caucus has two demands: open borders and President Donald Trump’s administration to stop talking about ending “chain migration,” which is the process whereby newly naturalized citizens are allowed under the current legal immigration system to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S.
Politico reported that members of the House Hispanic Caucus held a meeting Wednesday, at which time they implored Chief of Staff John Kelly and his aides to stop using the phrase “chain migration,” because they’re offended by the notion that Americans now understand how the practice hurts our society.
In fact, so-called chain migration has actually imported more than 9.3 million foreign nationals to the country since 2005, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals have entered the U.S. through the legal immigration system, as every seven out of ten new arrivals come to the country for nothing other than family reunification.
This makes chain migration the largest driver of immigration to the U.S. — making up more than 70 percent. As Breitbart News reported, five years of chain migration to the U.S. adds more people to the country than one year of American births.
Five Years of Chain Migration Adds More People to U.S. than One Year of American Births https://t.co/gjW6j4tX9p
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) December 19, 2017
According to Politico, “Democrats and the Republican establishment have become increasingly upset that the Trump administration has successfully educated the American public on the impact of chain migration and the millions of foreign nationals that the process has brought to the U.S.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has also reportedly asked the Trump administration to stop talking about chain migration, claiming the term itself is offensive to black Americans, despite being a term that Durbin, himself, used in the White House last week.
Durbin said in an interview:
That was the nature of this conversation. When it came to the issue of, quote, “chain migration,” I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe they migrated to America in chains and when you talk about chain migration, it hurts them personally.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018
Democrats and the Republican establishment have been unwilling to cut a deal with Trump on immigration, specifically on provisions that would end the unpopular practice of chain migration, as well as the Diversity Visa Lottery program.
In December 2017, the Trump administration popularized the term “chain migration” as a way to describe the massive inflow of foreign relatives to the U.S. in a campaign that revealed immigration data that had never been released before.
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) January 17, 2018