President Trump Lays Out His Plan for Immigration Overhaul

President Trump along with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) Wednesday a new bill aimed at cutting legal immigration into the United States and giving priority to those with skills that will be most beneficial for the economy, speak English, and can stand on their own two feet.

Now before the liberals start screaming, understand that the proposed cutback has nothing to do with the race, religion, country of origin, or favorite flavor of ice cream of potential legal immigrants.

The proposed bill, an update of the “Raise Act” which introduced by the two Senators in February, will cut the number of legal immigrants into the U.S. by 50 percent over 10 years, eliminate diversity lottery visas and limit the number of refugees offered permanent residency in the United States every year. Additionally, the present system generally gives priority to family members of current U.S. residents, but Perdue and Cotton want the U.S. to weigh the skill sets of potential immigrants and give priority to those with the best (and most needed skill sets). 

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“Our current immigration system is outdated and doesn’t meet the diverse needs of our economy,” said Cotton aide Caroline Rabbitt. “Senator Cotton and Senator Perdue will join President Trump to unveil legislation aimed at creating a skills-based immigration system that will make America more competitive, raise wages for American workers, and create jobs.”

During his rally in Ohio last week, President Trump hinted his support of the bill:

“Instead of today’s low-skilled system — which is a terrible system where anyone comes in, people who have never worked, people that are criminals, anyone comes in — we want a merit-based system, One that protects our workers, protects our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy.”

The  Raise Act bill creates a points-based system that favors high-skilled immigrants and potential job-creating entrepreneurs who speak English, and who will not need welfare (over 50% of American immigrants need welfare). According to Senator Perdue, the proposed system the system is modeled on the Canadian and Australian systems, according to Perdue’s office.

The proposal puts Americans first by bringing in the talent our economy needs and it will help low-skilled American workers who presently are forced to compete with low skilled immigrants for work…


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