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Donald Trump and Jared Kushner’s Empty Promise of Immigratio

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Earlier this year, President Trump tasked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with devising a proposal for sweeping immigration reform. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security began holding a series of briefings to educate Kushner on current policies, and a small staff was detailed from the federal bureaucracy to advise him on specifics. One person with knowledge of the meetings told me that Kushner “didn’t seem to know anything” about the legal and political challenges of comprehensive immigration reform, which has eluded Presidents for close to three decades. The prevailing wisdom on Capitol Hill has been that reform is only possible in pieces—for instance, aggressive border security (a priority for Republicans) could be paired with a legalization program for Dreamers (a priority for Democrats). Yet, during the past two years, even incrementalist dealmaking has failed, as the President has walked away from one bipartisan agreement after another. Kushner, who once told reporters that he didn’t come to Washington to work on immigration policy, agreed to take a break from his work on the Middle East peace process to fill the void at home.

This past week, when Kushner met with Senate Republicans to unveil the broad strokes of his proposal, an Administration official told the Washington Post that the purpose of the presentation was to generate a “political document” that congressional Republicans could “rally behind.” At the meeting, however, Kushner struggled to answer even the most basic questions—about the fate of the Dreamers, for example—and confused a number of senators with vague, sometimes contradictory language. The thrust of the plan, in theory, was to revamp the country’s legal-immigration system by redistributing annual visas to immigrants based on their employment skills rather than on their family ties. But, at one point, Kushner vowed that the reform would help “unify families.” Moderate Republicans were put off by the plan’s haziness, and influential members of the restrictionist wing of the Party felt that Kushner hadn’t gone far enough to retool legal immigration. (The plan, which no one actually saw, was said to include additional funds for a border wall, along with measures to restrict asylum and increase family detention.) An Administration official who had worked on Trump’s Presidential campaign told me that Kushner was a “lefty squish from New York.”

On Thursday, despite the failure of Kushner’s proposal to gain traction with members of the President’s own party, Trump announced that it was the basis of his new immigration policy. Those expecting the White House to offer specifics of an actual plan were either disappointed or relieved: by the end of the day, no further information was released beyond what the President described in broad generalities in a speech delivered in the Rose Garden. At times, it sounded as though substantive proposals were not yet drafted, and the President made reference to portions that were still being conceived and written. According to Trump, the aim of the over-all plan was both to “stop illegal immigration and fully secure the border” and to overhaul the legal-immigration system to “attract the best and brightest from all around the world.”

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