Trump Backs Senate Bill That Severely Reduces Legal Immigration

Trevor Jackson
August 3, 2017

Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) announcing the introduction of an immigration bill at the White House.

President Donald Trump, along with Republican Sens. 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.

Trump repeatedly has said he doesn't want to reduce the total number of immigrants admitted each year, yet the proposal by Cotton and Perdue would cut legal immigration by more than half.

"It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers", Trump said of the current immigration system, specifically citing low-income and minority workers. The RAISE Act closely follows the bipartisan recommendations of President Clinton's Jordan Commission, which called for moving the nation to an immigration model that emphasized skills over bloodlines and returned immigration to more traditional levels.

The senators also propose to end a visa diversity lottery that has awarded 50,000 green cards a year, mostly to areas in the world that traditionally do not have as many immigrants to the United States, including Africa. The bill would only allow for spouses and young children to emigrate to the USA and join their green card-holding sponsor. Tom Cotton, the Republicans who first introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or the RAISE Act, in February.

However, the bill has been stalled for months in Senate.

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"I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English", Mr Miller said during the heated exchange. "But the benefits that immigration brings to society far outweigh their costs, and smart immigration policy could better maximize the benefits of immigration while reducing the costs", they wrote. John McCain of Arizona, have introduced their own immigration legislation that would provide a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Perdue said the proposed new immigration system will be both pro-growth and pro-economic growth.

That is because the current system favors immigrants with family ties over immigrants with useful skills needed in the American economy.

The wrinkle, though, is that the Cotton/Perdue aims to reduce legal immigration as a goal in itself, not just as an expected side effect of giving preference to immigrants with more valuable skills.

Shortly after the Trump rolled out the bill, Senator Chuck Schumer said that the bill was a "non-starter". He also argued that refugees also boost the economy.

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