BRUSSELS, Belgium (The Adobo Chronicles®) – As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out details of his immigration policy, the European Union (EU) adopted a resolution that, in effect, negates Trump’s ill intentions against the estimated 11 Million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S.
Trump’s immigration policy includes building a wall along the southern border to be paid for by Mexico, eliminating birthright citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants, and the resolve to deport all 11 Million immigrants.
Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the EU countries unanimously approved an immigration policy that would open their doors to the deported undocumented U.S. immigrants.
The EU is an economic and political union of 28 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.
The EU countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Under the new EU policy, any deported undocumented U.S. immigrant will be allowed entry into any of the EU countries without the necessity of a visa. The only documents required upon entry is a valid passport from the immigrant’s home country and proof of residency in the U.S., such as a phone bill or a photocopy of an apartment rental agreement.
The immigrants will be automatically given a permanent residency status as well as government assistance in job training and job search. Free housing for one full year will be available to those who cannot afford to rent an apartment.
Education and health care are already either provided free or with government subsidy in most EU countries, so these will not be an additional burden to the immigrants.
In adopting the new policy, the EU council said that the member countries have great confidence in the skills that the immigrants will bring with them which, in return, could result in greater productivity and improved economy.
The EU says that the member countries especially encourage undocumented U.S. immigrants who speak a second language other than English, to apply for EU permanent residency.
“The EU countries pride themselves of being the ‘melting pot’ of language and culture, and immigrants from all over the world can only further contribute to this favorable image,” the council said in a statement.