WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor, Stephen Miller, has launched a plan to revise Trump’s immigration restriction agenda if he wins reelection next week, offering a stark contrast to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s platform.
In a 30-minute phone interview on Thursday with NBC News, Miller outlined four main priorities: restricting asylum rights, punishing, and outlawing so-called religious cities. strictly, expanding the so-called travel ban with stricter checks on visa applicants and imposing new restrictions on visa work.
The goal, he said, is to “raise and raise the standards of entry”; into the United States.
Some plans will require legislation. Others can be reached through executive action, which the Trump administration has relied heavily on in the absence of a large immigration bill.
“In many cases, fixing these problems and restoring sanity to our immigration programs involves regulatory reform,” said Miller. “Congress has given a lot of power. … And that underlines the depth of choice that the American people face.”
Miller, who has assumed two roles as adviser in the White House and Trump’s re-election campaign, emphasized that he only talks about second term priorities as a campaign advisor.
Immigration has been overshadowed by soaring coronavirus infections and an economy ravaged by a pandemic that lasted for nearly a year, but that’s the focus of Trump’s coming to power in the Republican Party and Miller has been The impetus for the government’s often controversial policies to suppress illegal migration and build up barriers for aspiring legal immigrants.
Miller has led an immigration policy that critics describe as ruthless, racist and contrary to American values as a nation of immigrants. He scoffed at those claims, insisting that his only priority was protecting the safety and wages of Americans.
And he said he intends to continue watching the agenda for a second term if Trump is re-elected.
In the near term, Miller will not commit to lifting the freeze order on green cards and new visas will expire later this year, saying it will “completely depend” on the government’s analysis of vulnerabilities. factors in work status. market.
Asked if he supports reinstating a controversial “zero tolerance” policy leading to family separation, Miller said the Trump administration “is 100% committed to a policy of family unity. “, but he describes this policy as one that will keep families together in immigrant detention by altering what is known as the Flores settlement agreement.
Over the past year, authorities have sought to amend the Flores agreement, which states that children cannot be held for more than 20 days in Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If it succeeds, immigrant families can be held indefinitely while they wait for their court date.
According to Trump’s observations, refugee benefits have declined sharply. Miller wants to keep it that way. He said the Trump administration for a second term would seek to expand “burden-sharing” agreements with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that cut off asylum seekers’ path to America.
“The president wants to expand that to include the rest of the world,” Miller said. “And so, if you create safe third parties in other continents and other countries and regions, then you are likely to share the burden of asylum seekers on a global basis. . “
New battle with revered cities
“Another big priority with great contrast would have really drastically suppressed the revered cities,” Miller said.
He noted that the government has withheld some grants for sanctuary cities. In the second term, he said, it will continue the battle with two new initiatives.
First, Miller said, Trump will push for legislation led by Sen. Thom Tillis, RN.C. filing, will punish jurisdictions that refuse to refer people arrested in the US illegally to ICE for deportation. Second, Trump will go one step further with a “prohibition of activity” law, thus making it mandatory for the administration to transfer those migrants to the federal government.
Expand the ban on travel and film screening
Miller said another priority would be “to build and expand the framework we created with the travel ban, in terms of raising standards for screening and consideration for admission into the United States.”
That includes advanced screening methods and more information sharing between agencies to test applicants for admission to the country. The US has sought a connection with terrorism and extremist groups. Miller wants to go further by looking at visa applicants’ “ideological consensus or bias” to gauge their hiring potential by radicals.
That might include changing the interview process, adding interviews or talking with people close to the applicant about their beliefs.
“That will be a major priority,” he said. “It will take the effort of the whole government. It will require a very sophisticated and elaborate screening mechanism to be built up.”
Labor visas cut
Miller said the Trump administration for the second term will complete efforts to limit the use of guest programs such as H-1B visas, including by eliminating the lottery system used in the process. This process when applications exceed the annual quota and by giving priority to those who are offered the highest salary.
He said Trump will pursue a “point-based entry system” for US visas that aims to only recognize those “who can make the most contributions to job creation and economic opportunity”. at the same time preventing “the displacement of American workers.”
Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff contributed.