Trump backs slashing legal immigration with 'merit-based' system

Trump, GOP senators to introduce bill to slash legal immigration levels
Trump, senators to unveil skills-based immigration bill | Democrats surge ahead on generic ballot: poll
Author

03 August, 2017

President Trump introduced new legislation Wednesday with Sens.

The new Republican bill, called the RAISE Act (short for Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act) is co-authored by Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue.

"This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and puts America first", Trump said, speaking straight to his most loyal voters.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled legislation meant to slash legal immigration to the United States by reducing the amount of low-skilled immigrants who are allotted green cards.

Immigration restrictionists were elated over the re-introduction of the RAISE Act, noting that it would limit "immigration rights" to immediate family members like spouses and children.

Immigration advocacy groups are opposed, as are many economists who say the nation, with an aging population and low fertility rate, should be encouraging an influx of younger workers to spur economic growth.

Trump couched the Cotton-Perdue sponsored bill in the familiar language of resentment, arguing that such drastic measures "will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars". "We want it merit-based", Trump said.

According to ABC News, the bill will be aimed at cutting legal immigration to the country.

Foxconn to pay almost $1 billion in wages and benefits
Barca, like many Democrats, voiced concern about how much taxpayers may have to contribute in tax breaks and other incentives. Foxconn was exploring investments in seven states including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.


YouTube is battling extremism by redirecting terrorism-related search terms
YouTube on Thursday said it hopes the Redirect Method will help "change minds of people at risk of being radicalized ". While YouTube's redirect strategy now only works in English, the site will soon bring it to other languages.


Exxon Fined $2 Million For Violating Russia Sanctions While Tillerson Was CEO
Tillerson visited the White House numerous times as CEO to protest the sanctions, but they remained in place. The State Department said it wasn't involved in the decision to punish Exxon for violating the sanctions.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement the proposal would "help the Department of Justice perform its duties to uphold our nation's immigration law and end the unlawful abuse of our public benefits program that undermine USA taxpayers".

"Our system is broken, but the response should be to modernize it, not take a sledgehammer to it", said Jeremy Robbins, executive director of New American Economy, a group of business leaders, mayors and others backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that advocates for comprehensive immigration reform.

Plans are to eliminate diversity lottery visas and limit the number of refugees offered permanent residency.

The White House said that only 1 in 15 immigrants comes to the US due to their skills, and the current system fails to place a priority on highly skilled immigrants.

That bill has stalled for months in the Senate.

The original version of the bill cut back on what's referred to as "chain migration", ways of immigrating to the United States that are based on family or not based on skills.

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

Trump has long said he wants to reform the nation's immigration system, but any plan to do that seems like less of a priority for an administration that is now focused on health care, tax reform and a host of worldwide issues. Trump has previously couched support for the bill in terms of protecting American workers, who he says are hurt by the current immigration system.


More news


  • Senate Republicans just released the text of their 'skinny repeal' bill

    Senate Republicans just released the text of their 'skinny repeal' bill

    The vote in the wee hours of Friday morning was the final result of a secretive and chaotic process. The final vote in the Senate was 49 voting for repeal and 51 against, maintaining Obamacare.
    Arizona lawmakers blast Trump's tweeted ban on transgender soldiers

    Arizona lawmakers blast Trump's tweeted ban on transgender soldiers

    In 1974, the Netherlands became the first country to grant transgender people the right to serve in the armed forces. They held signs saying "Resist!" and listened to speakers who denounced the ban, which Trump announced on Twitter .
    Rains Batter Mumbai, Kolkata; 3 Dead In Gujarat

    Rains Batter Mumbai, Kolkata; 3 Dead In Gujarat

    The state government is also planning to bring in divers from the Indian Navy for assistance in flooded regions of Banaskantha. By Tuesday, over 20 highways going through Gujarat got waterlogged, bringing transportation to a standstill in the state.
  • Rezang La War Memorial vandalised ahead of Kargil Vijay Divas anniversary

    Rezang La War Memorial vandalised ahead of Kargil Vijay Divas anniversary

    This year marks the 18th anniversary of the day India defeated Pakistan to recapture the Kargil peak. Juhi Chawla: Remembering all our fearless soldiers who had sacrificed their life for our country.

    Israel to demolish family home of alleged Palestinian attacker

    The Palestinian was stopped by a neighbour, an off-duty Israeli soldier, who shot him, the official said . Palestinians argue the security measure is a sign of creeping Israeli control over the holy site.
    OJ Simpson parole hearing robbery

    OJ Simpson parole hearing robbery

    The Nevada State Parole Board in Carson City is hearing one case and one case only tomorrow -that of Orenthal James Simpson. He was found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison.
  • Venezuelans brace for unrest, stockpile food ahead of Sunday vote

    Venezuelans brace for unrest, stockpile food ahead of Sunday vote

    But on Friday, Rubio said further sanctioning would be on its way if Maduro follows through on the "sham" elections. Since April, authorities have rounded up almost 4,800 people, of whom 1,325 remain behind bars, the group said.
    Mum 'rubbed drugs into baby's gums to hide heroin addiction from doctors'

    Mum 'rubbed drugs into baby's gums to hide heroin addiction from doctors'

    Christenson admitted to investigators that he crushed the Suboxone and gave it to their daughter , police said. As several security guards approached Wilde , he grabbed the auto seat and sprinted toward the exit doors.

    Two killed in deadly shooting at Israel embassy in Amman, Jordan

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has strongly attacked Israel and called on it to cease its actions on the Temple Mount. The fortress-like embassy in the affluent Rabae district of Amman is protected by Jordanian gendarmes.
  • N. Korea Will be Handled

    N. Korea Will be Handled

    Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who opened up Washington's relations with Beijing, has reportedly suggested to current U.S. Donald Trump's combination or ineptitude, disinterest, and instability are empowering a threat to the entire world.
    Russian Brokered Ceasefire in Syria Must Succeed - Lebanese PM

    Russian Brokered Ceasefire in Syria Must Succeed - Lebanese PM

    In Lebanon, the cabinet is the country's executive authority, with more power than the president, prime minister and parliament. And also, we're happy to make sure that this partnership that you have with fighting ISIS and all terrorism is ongoing.
    GOP budget ignores president's cuts to domestic agencies

    GOP budget ignores president's cuts to domestic agencies

    But to push a Republican-only approach through Congress , the GOP first has to get a budget resolution through the Congress . The proposed defense spending exceeds caps on allowable spending, so they'd need Democrats' support to lift those caps.