Republican senators introduce bill sharply limiting legal immigration

03 August, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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The RAISE Act, which Cotton and Perdue introduced in February, would scrap the current lottery system to get into the USA and instead institute a points-based system for earning a green card.

President Donald Trump, along with Sen. Democrats are unlikely to support a bill that would dramatically reduce immigration levels and cap refugee admissions, and it's unclear how much support it could attract from Republicans. In his remarks on Wednesday, Mr Trump decried the current immigration system as "unfair", claiming that it benefits new immigrants against other American workers. "Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages".

The president asserted that the current immigration system "has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers".

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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 US illegally as children.

The GOP legislation would eliminate programs that grant low-skilled immigrants permanent residency and would prioritize applicants who are fluent in English, are financially self-sufficient and have a demonstrable skill. 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.

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On average, 1 million immigrants are accepted into the United States for legal permanent residency annually, and a lot of them are low or unskilled workers. It has the potential to seriously restrict the flow of legal immigrants into the country, all - ostensibly - in the name of protecting unskilled American workers.

"The RAISE Act finally thrusts our immigration system into the 21 Century, recognizing the need for a higher-skilled immigration flow while also acknowledging the importance of keeping nuclear families together in the process".

"Restricting family members from joining their families in the United States will make it harder for them to become fully American", the National Immigration Forum's executive director Ali Noorani said in a statement.

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And in the House, a group of 40 lawmakers from both parties endorsed an outline of ideas aimed at making urgent fixes to Obamacare, CNN says. He also argued that refugees also boost the economy. They are routinely cheated out of wages, and are held "virtually captive" by employers, a 2013 Southern Poverty Law Center report found. "And economists point to the low unemployment rate, 4.4 percent last month, as evidence that there are relatively few Americans who are without jobs now, and that, as Baby Boomers retire, there will be a labor shortage".

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