Trump, GOP Senators Champion Bill to Cut Legal Immigration Levels

Thursday, 03 Aug, 2017

Trump joined with Sens.

In February, Cotton and Perdue introduced a bill that would have restricted immigration for family members of legal permanent residents.

A PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: The RAISE Act follows through on President Trump's promise to the reform our immigration system to put America first.

Slashing legal immigration has always been pushed by low-immigration advocacy groups in Washington like NumbersUSA and the ideas have been backed by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is now facing public criticism from Trump.

"Economists overwhelmingly think that immigration is good for the economy". "It also increases the risk of the recession".

Ensures more newcomers have the skills compositions to make a real contribution to our economy - to help grow our economy and attract capital for innovation. The act will also limit refugee entry to 50,000 admissions annually.

The bill would also aim to slash the number of refugees in half and eliminate a program that provides visas to countries with low rates of immigration. Trump asked the audience of law enforcement officers. It would also use a skills-based point system to ensure that those highly-skilled immigrants who can provide important services and benefits to the USA economy gain preference in admission.

But the Senate has largely ignored the measure, with no other lawmaker signing on as a co-sponsor.

"Hotels, restaurants, golf courses and farmers will tell you this proposal - to cut legal immigration in half - would put their businesses in peril", he said in a statement.

"This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy", Trump continued, according to ABC News. Minor children and spouses would still be eligible to apply for green cards.

That's what the RAISE Act is all about - while it is about immigration and will run into several thousand pages of background material but at its core, it tugs at how Trump's voters "feel" and not about what Trump is able to achieve, not how senators haggle in US Congress and certainly not about bills that don't pass.

Trump announced his support for such an overhaul of immigration law during an event Wednesday at the White House with conservative Republican Sens.

"'Highly skilled permanent workers'" is code word for "'not immigrants from Mexico or Central America, '" tweeted Julio Ricardo Varela, founder of the website Latino Rebels and co-host of the political podcast, "In the Thick". A stunning 18 percent held an advanced degree, also much higher than the USA average. The last major American immigration reform was in 1965 when immigration quotas were ended.

Trump has also been reluctant to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, started by President Barack Obama, which provides work authorizations to immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children. "Cutting legal immigration for the sake of cutting immigration would cause irreparable harm to the American worker and their family".

For too long, our immigration system has imposed huge burdens on the American taxpayer and on the American worker.