WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller has elaborated on plans to revise Trump’s restrictive immigration agenda if he wins re-election next week and offers a stark contrast to the platform for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
In a 30-minute telephone interview with NBC News on Thursday, Miller outlined four main priorities: limiting asylum subsidies, punishing and banning so-called sanctuaries, extending the so-called travel ban with tougher screening for visa applicants and breaking new boundaries for work visas.
The goal, he said, is “to raise and improve the standard of entry”
Some of the plans require legislation. Others could be achieved through executive action, on which the Trump administration has relied heavily in the absence of a major immigration proposal.
“In many cases, solving these problems and restoring some sense of common sense in our immigration programs involves legislative reform,” Miller said. “Congress has delegated a lot of authority … And that underscores the depth of the election the American people are facing.”
Miller, who serves as a dual adviser in the White House and to Trump’s re-election campaign, stressed that he was only talking about second-term priorities in his capacity as campaign adviser.
Immigration has been overshadowed by rising coronavirus cases and an economy shattered by an almost year-long pandemic, but it was central to Trump’s rise to power in the Republican Party, and Miller has been a driving force in the government’s often controversial policy to crack down on illegal migration and create barriers for hopeful legal immigrants.
Miller has spearheaded an immigration policy that critics describe as cruel, racist and antithetical to American values as a nation of immigrants. He mocks these claims and insists that his only priority is to protect Americans’ security and wages.
And he said he intends to continue to see the agenda through for another term if Trump is re-elected.
An immigration freeze
In the short term, Miller would not commit to lifting the freeze on new green cards and visas expected to expire at the end of the year, saying it would be “entirely conditional” on government analyzes affecting job status. . market.
Asked whether he would support the reintroduction of the controversial “zero tolerance” policy that led to family separation, Miller said the Trump administration is “100 percent committed to a family cohesion policy,” but described the policy as one that would keep families together in restraining immigration by amending what is called the Flores Settlement Agreement.
Over the past year, the administration has tried to amend the Flores agreement, which says children cannot be detained for 20 days in detention on immigration and customs enforcement. If successful, immigrant families can be detained indefinitely as they await their day in immigration court.
Hold asylum down
On Trump’s watch, asylum subsidies have fallen. Miller wants to keep it that way. He said a second-time Trump administration would seek to extend “burden-sharing” agreements with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which cut off roads to the United States for asylum seekers.
“The president wants to expand that to the rest of the world,” Miller said. “And so if you create secure third parties in other continents and other countries and regions, then you have the ability to share the burden of asylum seekers globally.”
New battles with sanctuary cities
“Another important priority with a great contrast will really hit sanctuaries hard,” Miller said.
He noted that the administration has withheld some subsidies for sanctuary cities. In another term, he said it would continue the fight with two new initiatives.
First, Miller said Trump would push for legislation passed by Senator Thom Tillis, RN.C., which would punish jurisdictions that refuse to extradite arrested people who are in the U.S. illegally to ICE for deportation. Second, Trump would go a step further with a law to “ban practices” thereby making it mandatory for the authorities to hand over these migrants to the feds.
Extend travel bans, screenings
Miller said another priority would be “to build on and expand the framework we have created with the travel ban in terms of raising the standard of screening and control for admission to the United States.”
This includes improved screening methods and more information exchange between agencies for veterinary applicants seeking entry into the country. The United States is already looking for ties to terrorism and extremist groups. Miller wants to go further by examining visa applicants’ “ideological sympathies or inclinations” to measure their potential for recruiting radicals.
This may include changing the interview process, adding interviews or talking to people close to applicants about their beliefs.
“It will be an important priority,” he said. “It will require a whole government effort. It will require the construction of a very detailed and very complex screening mechanism.”
Curtail work visa
Miller said a second-time Trump administration would end efforts to limit the use of guest worker programs such as H-1B visas, including by removing the lottery system used in the process when applications exceed the annual quota and by prioritizing those offered the highest pay.
He said Trump would pursue a “point-based entry system” for U.S. visa subsidies that was only intended to admit those who “can contribute the most to job creation and economic opportunity” while preventing “expulsion of U.S. workers.”
Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff the contribution.