The enormously influential Miller has his finger print in nearly every controversial Trump immigration policy.
The “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019,” or S.386, which is currently before the US Senate, is unlikely to clear the upper chamber, said Stephen Miller, architect of many of President Trump’s controversial immigration policies.
The White House senior policy adviser was responding a question by FOX Business anchor Lou Dobbs Tuesday.
The right-wing anchor asked Miller: “In the Senate, there is a Senate Bill 386… the rights for legal immigrants legislation that would double… the H-1B visas and in so doing it … most of those visas [will go to citizens of] China and to India. And it’s also sponsored by [Utah Republican Sen.] Mike Lee and signed on to by a host of otherwise, generally reasonable people, previously. Is the president going to veto the damn thing?”
Miller responded: “Well, I don’t think that bill, as currently written, is going to be passing the Senate anytime soon.”
He continued: “The administration has made clear that our view on [H-1B visas] is that you cannot displace or replace American workers. And the president has taken unprecedented action in the immigration space to do exactly that, including most recently with the public charge regulation to keep newcomers from taking advantage of our welfare system.”
S.386, which increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from the current 7 percent to 15 percent, was introduced in the Senate on February 07. The bill also eliminates the 7 percent cap for employment-based green cards visas.
Besides Lee, it has 34 cosponsors, including Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND.
Its companion bill, HR 1044, was passed by the US House of Representatives in July. Both bills are bipartisan.
Lee tried to bring the bill to the Senate floor at least twice in the past month. However, it was opposed by Georgia’s Republican Sen. David Purdue and Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin. Purdue later reversed his stand.
Miller’s statement on S.386 is significant, as he has enormous clout on Trump’s immigration policies, having his finger print in nearly every controversial immigration initiative announced by Trump. He reportedly was involved in crafting the Executive Order 13769, popularly known as the “Muslim ban” order.
Miller was also said to be behind the ouster of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen earlier this year. She was forced to resign for being “insufficiently hawkish on immigration.”
Sen. David Perdue reverses stand on S. 386, but Sen. Dick Durbin blocks vote (September 26, 2019)
Trump talks about changes in H-1B Visa, including a possible citizenship (January 11, 2019)
Trump’s tweet on H-1B and path to citizenship evokes lukewarm response (January 12, 2019)