Multiple Proposals On Fixing Border Issues from Administration, House & Senate – Some Bi-partisan

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US Capital Building, West side. Source: Wikipedia

As of the writing of this blog, we see 4 proposals at various stages. This is counter to the reporting, and the admittedly uninformed comments from the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader of the Senate. The sponsors for the proposals are

  • Trump Administration
  • Bi-partisan House Foreign Affairs Committee, vote up on Friday 10, 2019
  • Sen Lindsey Graham , Sen Martha McSally (co-sponsor)
  • Bi-partisan Sen Kevin Cramer(R), Sen Kamala Harris(D), Sen Mike Lee(R) (co-sponsors)

Rep Dan Crenshaw (r)  tweeted, Rep Doug Collins (r)  tweeted, and Rep John Joyce (r) tweeted support for Sen Lindsey Graham.

Rep Andy Barr (r) of Kentucky is also expected to support the proposal.

Rep Espaillat (d) tweeted disapproval.

Unlike the usual reporting, there will #NOT be many details in this blog, only pointers. The largest reason being is these proposals are getting a frown from the Speaker of the House – even though she recognized the need (see video bottom). As such, we expect these proposals to change.

Trump Administration

Add 5:46pm  Photo copy of Admin proposal

The Trump Administration proposals are being carried forward by the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushener, and other White House officials. Descriptions are available from the NY Times and Reuters.

Reception from the House was cold last week – with no democrats meeting with the Administration officials – but are open to meetings this week.

Bi-partisan House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Bi-partisan House Foreign Affairs Committee is being carried forward by Chairman & Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY)  and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), Lead Republican. The details are available in a previous blog -> here.

It is worth noting that the chairman did a 180 change in position in the span of two (2) weeks. The proposed legislation is best described as hardball politics.

Sen Lindsey Graham and Sen Martha McSally

Sen Lindsey Graham tweeted thanks to  Sen Martha McSally for here support as co-sponsor.

The proposal, known as The Secure and Protect Act of 2019, includes

  • Asylum claims must be filed in country of origin or Mexico, not the U.S.
  • Treat unaccompanied minors (UAC) from Central America like UAC from Canada and Mexico.
  • Families can be held together up to 100 days instead of 20 days.
  • 500 new immigration judges.

The details are available from the Washington Examiner and CNN.

Bi-partisan Sen Kevin Cramer(R), Sen Kamala Harris(D), Sen Mike Lee(R) (cosponsors)

Sen Kevin Cramer ND (R) tweeted & stressing in his video the need for doctors and software engineers.

The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act is a bipartisan plan to meet the immediate workforce needs in states like North Dakota. Passing it would eliminate per country caps and help resolve the workforce shortage in our state.

We speculate that the reason Sen Kamala Harris supports this is because of the 180 that Sen Bernie Sanders did on the wall. See this diatweet posted earlier today.


Speaker of the House