Trump Backs Senate Bill That Severely Reduces Legal Immigration

Marie Harrington
August 3, 2017

However, the White House has been pushing for a bill that matches some of the goals that are expected to be in the new bill from Perdue and Cotton. The proposal got the backing of President Trump Wednesday in a joint press conference with the senators.

"This competitive application process will favour applicants who can speak English", he said, "financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy". Trump vowed to crack down on illegal immigration during his campaign and signed two executive orders soon after taking office to increase border security and interior enforcement. And the bill caps refugee levels at 50,000 per year.

At the time, critics said that was already the law of the land, put into place under then-President Bill Clinton.

"The RAISE Act ends chain migration and replaces our low-skilled system with a new points-based system".

WASHINGTON -U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing forward with his promise of a harder line on legal immigration, endorsing a proposal to slash the number of immigrants admitted to the United States while favouring those with certain education levels and skills. The act will also limit refugee entry to 50,000 admissions annually. The bill would do that by taking away preference for immigrants who do not have immediate family members in the U.S.

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Cotton said the United States accepts over a million immigrants a year, the equivalent of adding the population of Montana every single year or Arkansas every three years. Trump has met twice at the White House with Cotton and Perdue to discuss the details of their legislation, which is titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act.

"As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects USA workers and taxpayers, and that is why we are here today", Trump said. Many economists believe the potential rate of USA economic growth has slowed from around 3% to 2% in recent years in part because of demographic changes such as the aging of the United States population, a pattern seen in other rich economies. "Cutting legal immigration for the sake of cutting immigration would cause irreparable harm to the American worker and their family".

Critics of the bill also attacked its revisions to family-based immigration, arguing that such measures will dissuade skilled immigrants who would otherwise want to come to the US. They are routinely cheated out of wages, and are held "virtually captive" by employers, a 2013 Southern Poverty Law Center report found.

And restricting the number of people that can enter the American labor force?

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