(National Sentinel) Immigration Reform: The White House will encourage the Republican-controlled Congress to adopt its policies of ending so-called “chain migration,” which involves allowing extended family members to follow immigrants into the country.

The administration will also seek to educate the American public on the issue of mass, legal immigration while adding pressure to Republicans in Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to end the process.

Some 9 million foreign nationals have been admitted into the U.S. under chain migration policies over the last decade alone. Immigration reform advocates say most are not expected to assimilate U.S. culture, history and traditions.

“Despite being a modern economy, the United States awards most of its green cards on an antiquated system of family ties, not skill or merit,” a White House official told Breitbart News in a statement.

“This system of Chain Migration—whereby one immigrant can bring in their entire extended families, who can bring in their families and so on—de-skills the labor force, puts downward pressure on wages, and increases the deficit.”

“Chain Migration also undermines national security, by failing to establish merit-based criteria for evaluating entrants into the United States—instead, familial relations are all that is required to obtain a green card and, in turn, become a voting U.S. Citizen within a short period of time, with access to Federal welfare and government benefits,” the official continued.

President Donald J. Trump denounced chain migration last week, noting that the extended family immigration policy allowed 27-year-old Bangladesh national Akayed Ullah, the alleged attempted suicide bomber in New York City this month, to enter the U.S. in 2011.

“As President, my greatest duty is to protect our nation and to protect our people,” Trump said in remarks at the FBI National Academy Graduation Ceremony.

“As we have witnessed recently, America faces grave threats. Terrorists have struck in the streets and subways of New York City twice in a few months,” he continued.

“Both terrorists came to our country through the dysfunctional immigration system that we are correcting, and rapidly.  And one came through chain migration…”

“We’re calling for Congress to end chain migration and to end the visa lottery system, and replace it with a merit-based system of immigration,” Trump said to applause. “We want a system that puts the needs of American families, taxpayers, and security first.”

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