Posted November 20, 2018 05:30:54The visa waiver program is one of the most controversial aspects of the president’s immigration reform agenda.
But it has proven to be an important and effective tool for those who have applied for a work permit, or a green card, as the Trump administration seeks to expand the number of immigrants who can receive those privileges.
In a November 16 White House press briefing, then-press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that, while the Trump team is reviewing the program, it would be “extremely helpful for the president to have this program” that provides for visa waiver to immigrants who meet certain criteria.
“The visa waivers program has proven itself to be very effective, in terms of securing the most skilled workers and the most qualified applicants,” Sanders said.
“The president has made clear his priorities in the immigration reform bill.
We will continue to work with him to make sure that this program can be made work.”
Sanders’ remarks came after the White House announced that the president has committed to “fully enforcing” his executive order to grant visas to the 10 million people who have been approved to enter the U.T.
Overnight, the State Department announced that it would begin accepting applications for the new visa waiver programs starting in February, while also confirming that the State department would not be enforcing any new visa requirements for U.K. citizens and permanent residents.
The State Department said in a statement that it “will work with the U, T, and the U of A to ensure that these programs are implemented effectively and expeditiously, including the implementation of all required requirements and requirements adjustments for non-U.S.-based citizens.”
The State Dept. said that “the United States will be in compliance with all existing visa and immigration laws as we fully implement this administration’s immigration agenda.”
“We will continue our work to ensure the visa waiver system is robust, reliable, and enforceable,” the statement said.
However, Sanders’ comments could complicate the process for the administration, which has said that it will not be “enforcement-oriented.”
Sanders has previously said that the visa program “will be completely transparent, and we will be able to review the applications for visa waivers, and then we will make the appropriate decisions.”
In addition, Sanders told reporters during a November 20 briefing that the Trump government would “work with Congress to make a deal with Congress on this issue.”
“It’s really going to depend on Congress and the White Houses, and hopefully they’ll come together on this,” Sanders told CNN.
Sanders’ comments come as the State Dept.’s process to issue the new visas for the visa waivers is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
A spokesman for the State Dep’t said in an email that the department “will continue to follow its standard procedure, and will provide a summary of all visa applicants to Congress as soon as possible.”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in the email that “all visa applicants will be subject to the new rules, and visa applications will be processed through the Visa Waivers program as normal, and all visas will be available for immediate release to eligible immigrants, regardless of nationality.”