Grassley Immigration Plan: Trump Support, But No H-2A Fix

2/15/18 Sen. Grassley Introduces Immigration Bill

This week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) introduced an immigration bill, and President Trump is throwing his support behind it.

The plan includes what Trump has outlined as four pillars: a “lasting solution” for the children of immigrants called Dreamers who are living in the U.S. illegally, building a border wall, reforming family-based immigration, and getting rid of the diversity visa lottery.

Trump is urging both parties to back the bill, saying in a statement, “I am asking all senators…to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars—that includes opposing any short-term ‘Band-Aid’ approach.”

As for how Grassley’s bill will impact agriculture, it does not include changes to the current H-2A program or a provision to move the ag guest worker oversight to the USDA.

“Nothing in this bill deals with a change of legal immigration, so consequently that will come on the second round of immigration debate,” he said in a press conference.

Grassley believes the bill can be signed Thursday night.

 

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