Chain migration is the policy that pushes mass immigration. Under it, family connections rather than skills are the basis for most immigrants coming to the United States. An immigrant who comes to the U.S. can petition to bring in his extended family members who in turn can bring in their extended family — and on and on in a seemingly unending chain. A study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that each legal immigrant, on average, sponsors three additional immigrants. Mexican immigrants, on average, sponsor six.
If Congress passes an amnesty for illegal aliens in the DACA category, they will be able to initiate chains of immigration. Passage of the RAISE Act, sponsored by Sen Tom Cotton (R-AR), would mitigate this reward for their lawbreaking by sharply cutting the migration chains.
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