New US immigration reform modelled on Australia

Trevor Jackson
Августа 7, 2017

As to the language component and the "merit-based" system of the RAISE Act, quite a few Chinese Americans interviewed by Xinhua found them not a problem. The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) act, sponsored by Republican Sens.

However, US President Donald Trump's new bill which proposes "merit" as the parameter for workers and the move towards the preference and support for English-speaking skilled workers for residency card ought to bring gains for India.

"Overall Trump's immigration reform has its own logic", said Huang Xingqun, a middle-aged man living in Los Angeles, "He wants to make America great again, he is right from the point view of a businessman, if too many immigrants come, some of them are too old to work, and just rely on welfare, it's unaffordable for any country". The RAISE Act when passed will eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery system, and will introduce a points-based system for earning a green card.

Under the point-based system, good education, particularly attained in the USA will fetch big points.

A foreign master's degree in STEM fields earns seven points while a U.S. master's degree earns eight points. An applicant with a U.S. high school diploma or the foreign equivalent gets one point; a foreign bachelor's degree earns five points, while a USA bachelor's degree earns six points.

"If you're in America working as an illegal migrant and you have worked in the construction industry for the last three years and you wanted to put that experience on your application for residency, you couldn't do that", she said.

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As the age goes on downhill, points get reduced. Those aged 18 through 21 gets six points, ages 22 through 25 gets eight points, and ages 26 through 30 get 10 points. Anyone with less than a 60th percentile proficiency gets no points, those between 60th and 80th percentile get six points, someone in the 80th to 90th percentile range earns 10 points, those with a 90th percentile proficiency or above earns 11 points, and someone in the 100th percentile range earns 12 points.

The Trump administration last week announced its support for a proposal that would dramatically change how this country handles legal immigration. A recent study by Pew Research noted that there lies a long waiting period for Indians applying for permanent residency card or the green card in the US.

According to a Times Of India report, currently, the process or the primary route for an individual to immigrate to the United States is only based on family ties. Most economists agree that immigrants are not taking jobs from American workers.

More than 50 percent of all immigrant households receive welfare benefits, compared with only 30 percent of native households in the United States that receive welfare benefits, according to the White House.

They added that such a tough stance will stop low paid, unskilled foreign workers depressing the wages of Americans and save taxpayers billions of dollars in immigrant welfare claims. "This influx is the equivalent of adding more than the population of San Francisco to the country every year", TOI reported quoting an official.

President Trump unveiled controversial legislation on Wednesday that would sharply curtail legal immigration to the United States.

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