Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trump Endorses Merit Based Legislation To Cut Legal Immigration By Half

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Trump Endorses Merit Based Legislation To Cut Legal Immigration By Half. U.S. Working Class Comes First.

Sweeping Change: President Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise to dramatically decrease both illegal and legal immigration.
He today once again publicly backed legislation sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.). He met with them before the national press corps in the Roosevelt Room.
Trump strongly endorsed their bill which would reduce legal immigration by half over a decade.
There are currently more than 1 million green cards per year granted to foreigners for permanent legal residence. That is more than the population of Montana and Wyoming every year.
A major goal is to stop work visas for lower skilled immigrants who compete for American jobs. Many of them do not speak English and they often go on welfare.
The federal program that awards U.S. permanent residency to foreigners through a lottery has been around for almost 30 years.
Trump says the rapid growth of immigration over the past half century has harmed job opportunities for American workers and led to risks to national security.
This was the third White House meeting between Trump and the two senators. The legislation is titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act.
In a speech last week in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump praised the senators' efforts, calling their legislation a pathway to creating a “merit-based” immigration system.
“Instead of today's low-skill system — just a terrible system where anybody comes in, people that have never worked, people that are criminals, anybody comes in — we want a merit-based system,” Trump said, “one that protects workers our workers, our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy.”
“We have historically high levels of immigration in this country, and the vast majority of immigrants do not come based on skills or language ability,” Cotton says.
The bill will face fierce resistance from congressional Democrats and immigrant rights groups.