The New York City subway bombing suspect, Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, has renewed the debate over the policy of chain migration. ‘Chain migration’ is when an immigrant sponsors his or her relatives in their native country to be admitted in the U.S. as well. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders weighed in on the policy during Monday’s press briefing.
“The president’s policy calls for an end to chain migration which is what this individual came to the United States through.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also weighed in on the Trump administration’s policy on chain migration Tuesday.
“Between 2005 and 2016 we admitted 9.3 million under this chain migration policy and each of those people may be able to sponsor further relatives as well, it’s not a sustainable, common sense policy. So, the president has proposed ending chain migration, switching to a merit-based system like they have in Canada, which I’ve studied, and Australia.”
Nick Adams, “Green Card Warrior” author and himself an Australian immigrant, agreed with Trump administration efforts to end the policy.
“Look, I believe Stuart that chain migration is a reckless and patriotism-indifferent policy that needs to be stopped,” Adams told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co.”
Adams sees the policy as a drain on the U.S. economy.
“I think that all it does is strain federal resources, it imperils the most vulnerable American workers and we really need to have a policy that is going to look at how much people can contribute and their likelihood for success when they come to the United States.”
According to Adams, President Trump is not opposed to immigration, but rather is supportive of immigrants who are more aligned with America’s values.
“I think that the president, Stuart, wants people to come to the United States of America who are going to defend, accept and understand the virtues, values and principles of United States of America. I think he wants people in here that like the place.”