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In the news today the government plans to launch the framework for Immigration reform on Monday :

The four areas to be covered in the proposed legislation:

        DACA - Path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million Dreamers

        $30 Billion funding for Border Security

       "Chain" Migration limited

       End of the Diversity Visa Lottery 

They hope to have legislation by February 8 Let's see what happens ! 

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Trump’s base not happy, as seen by Breitbart today labeling him “amnesty Don”!  from promises of deporting all illegals and getting Mexico to pay for a wall, to now offering citizenship for dreamers in exchange for money (from voting taxpayers)! for a wall.... no wonder they’re not happy ... !

Of course the general push towards more skilled immigration is bipartisan and has been on the cards for a long time...hopefully they figure something sensible out...  I think there may still be a fair amount of fighting over the current proposal - hardline trump base doesn’t want dreamers to get citizenship and hardline Dems don’t want a wall ...but let’s hope they reach a compromise so we can all move on from this. Another shutdown on Feb 8 would be seriously boring ? 

DV almost certainly is finished. I guess they won’t bother with doing a DV2019 draw if law has changed before then.

Another question for many saffers is to what extent any existing chain migration petitions get grandfathered in. Some of the proposals limit that severely.

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So far four immigration plans have fallen flat in Senate votes. The house is deeply divided on immigration on providing the dreamers with a path to citizenship. 

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My understanding is that there’s enough bipartisan support for the dreamers, it’s the other stuff, especially chain migration, that they can’t agree on. Trump backpedaling again (first saying he’ll sign any agreement that gets made, then saying he’ll veto it if he doesn’t agree on it) probably not helping. The bill that supported all of his 4 pillars was the one that was defeated by the biggest margin....

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