The American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to draft a bill that would establish a national strategy for securing the border, overhauling the federal government’s enforcement priorities and putting more enforcement agents on the border.
The plan, which was leaked to The Associated Press on Wednesday, is part of a long-awaited overhaul of the nation’s immigration policy that would be announced by President Donald Trump at the end of his first 100 days in office.
The White House says the plan will help enforce immigration laws, boost jobs, reduce crime and create new economic opportunities.
But critics say it’s not comprehensive enough, and some border communities and conservative groups have already been pushing back.
The president and some of his top advisers have pledged to “move forward” on immigration, but there is a long way to go.
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The draft bill would establish border security goals, a border patrol and immigration enforcement force, and an expanded federal border security workforce.
The bill would also establish a commission to study and develop new enforcement strategies.
The Trump administration has yet to publicly announce the plan.
It is unclear how long it will take to implement the plan, and lawmakers have repeatedly expressed concern that it could delay border security efforts.
The AP reviewed a draft of the bill.
It would set priorities for immigration enforcement, improve border security and provide federal resources for border security, including a new Border Patrol agent.
It also would establish an immigration court system to process deportation cases and a new immigration court that would review the status of people in immigration detention.
Under the draft, the government would not deport people who are in the country legally, except under certain limited circumstances.
A second draft, also seen by the AP, would provide more protections to people who entered the country illegally.
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to release its version of the immigration bill on Thursday, but it is unclear if it will pass the Senate.
The proposal comes after months of negotiations between the White House and conservative leaders in Congress.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has pushed for a border wall with Mexico, a more comprehensive immigration system and a permanent pathway to citizenship for people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
He has also proposed giving the president authority to send hundreds of thousands of immigrants to the country as temporary guest workers and provide them with legal status.