Trump Advisers’ BRIDGE Act Expands ‘Catch and Release’ for Future Migrants

Trump Advisers’ BRIDGE Act Expands ‘Catch and Release’ for Future Migrants by Neil Munro – Breitbart

The compromise shutdown deal reportedly being prepared by aides to the president would expand catch and release rules to aid millions of current and future illegal migrants and would paralyze enforcement for at least three years, immigration reformers said.

“It puts a legal forcefield around illegal aliens,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies. She said the expanded catch and release law “creates an even stronger magnet for people to come north than the original [2012] DACA did,” adding, “We see how these smugglers market the [federal government’s] catch-and-release policies already. So we’re going to see every town [in Central America] empty out as teens and people in their 20s and even 30s try to get here.”

Axios reported Saturday morning:

The offer is expected to include Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for wall money in exchange for the BRIDGE Act — which would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — and also legislation to extend the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, according to a source with direct knowledge.

The proposed deal does not include any reforms to the existing catch and release loopholes, which allow the cartels to traffic hundreds of thousands of poor migrants into U.S. jobs, neighborhoods, schools, and welfare offices.

The BRIDGE Act was backed in 2017 by pro-migration legislators, such as now-retired Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and by business-first GOP legislators, including Washington’s Rep. Dan Newhouse, Nebraska’s Don Bacon, and Michigan’s Justin Amash.

A matching bill was pushed in the Senate by the team of Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin. “These young people have much to offer the country and we stand to benefit from the many contributions they will make to America,” Graham said in a 2017 statement.

The BRIDGE Act is marketed as a temporary relief for recipients of former President Barack Obama’s amnesty.

The core catch and release feature of the BRIDGE legislation is that it bars the deportation of any migrant “who appears prima facie eligible for [DACA-like] provisional protected presence.”

The BRIDGE Act offers work permits and deportation shields to every migrant who claims to be born after June 15, 1981  — including migrants who arrive next month — and who say they have been living in the U.S. between 2007 and 2012. The worldwide population of people who look younger than 38 is far larger than the 800,000 younger migrants who applied and registered for the DACA amnesty.

That rule would prevent the deportations of new migrants until enforcement officials prove a negative in court — that the new migrant was not in the United States between 2007 and 2012, said Vaughan.

“You have to prove they are not eligible for DACA, but you cannot do this when an individual has not been encountered before and has not provided his identity before,” she said.

The result, she said, is “they would only be able to enforce the law against people who have been deported before or maybe people with [U.S.] criminal records.”

The BRIDGE Act reads:

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