Trump Wants Immigration Cut

Trump Wants Immigration Cut

  • The recently introduced RAISE Act–Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy–would utilize a merit-based point system to increase the English language fluency and technical skills level of foreign citizens accepted into the U.S. while at the same time decreasing the total number approved for entry. While countries around the world have just such a commonsense system in place, left-leaning groups in America are screaming “racism” and “discrimination” over the idea the U.S. would implement a similar strategy.

In yet another effort to fulfill his campaign promises, President Donald Trump recently announced a major new immigration proposal designed to significantly reduce the number of legal immigrants entering the U.S. each year.

The president has been and remains a vocal critic of illegal immigration and has taken serious and commendable measures to crack down on it. However, legal immigration is arguably an even more urgent problem that needs to be addressed, as over 1 million legal immigrants enter the U.S. each year, and this proposal aims to tackle this issue head-on.

The bill is known as the RAISE Act, which stands for Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act. It seeks to transform the current immigration paradigm to incentivize highly skilled immigrants by creating a merit-based system for prospective migrants, a stark departure from the previous immigration model that allowed family members and relatives of immigrants already settled in America to gain residency regardless of their skills, education, and economic prospects upon entering the U.S.

The Trump administration has been working closely with two key GOP lawmakers—Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.)—to craft the legislation and announced their proposal last week during a White House ceremony.

Trump explained to reporters that the proposed legislation “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half a century.”

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump regularly criticized America’s broken immigration system, which he correctly argued has harmed America’s economy and its workers, jeopardized American national security, and facilitated the resettlement of millions of largely unskilled, uneducated immigrants who have little to offer the U.S. economy.

“As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and that’s why we are here today,” Trump told reporters during the White House ceremony announcing the legislation.

The bill’s proponents argue that it will “spur economic growth and help raise working Americans’ wages” by “ending chain migration, giving priority to the most highly skilled immigrants from around the world, and reducing overall immigration by half,” according to a fact sheet released by Cotton and Perdue.

“Only 1 out of every 15 U.S. immigrants come here because of their skills, and we do not prioritize the ultra high-skilled immigrants who spur innovation, create jobs, and make America more competitive,” the fact sheet contends. “At the same time, the United States accepts 1 million immigrants annually—the equivalent of adding the entire state of Montana each year—and most are low- or unskilled. A generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrant labor has put downward pressure on the wages of working Americans, with recent immigrants’ wages hardest hit.”

The bill seeks to upend America’s disastrous immigration policy by tackling these issues head-on.

The RAISE Act would establish a skills-based points system that prioritizes visa applicants based on a number of important factors, including their education, English-speaking ability, job offers, and overall economic prospects. It would also outright eliminate granting visa preference for the extended family members and relatives of immigrants already settled in the United States, and would eliminate the State Department’s so-called “Diversity Visa Lottery,” which the bill’s authors argue is “plagued with fraud” and “advances no economic or humanitarian interest.” Finally, the bill would limit the total number of refugees seeking permanent residency each year to 50,000.

“Immigrants coming here on skills-based visas will be better educated, more skilled, more fluent in English, have more working-age years ahead of them, and have a stronger entrepreneurial spirit,” proponents of the bill contend. “They will have a greater shot at becoming successful Americans, which will work to the benefit of all Americans in the form of an expanded and more competitive economy.”

The legislation has been praised by a number of conservative groups and leaders as well as a variety of immigration think tanks that favor more restrictions on immigration, such as the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, while Democrats, the radical left, and a variety of ethnic lobbying organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have hysterically condemned the proposed legislation.

“This proposed legislation is cruel, anti-family, and un-American,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, stated in response to the RAISE Act. “These are the types of policy markers that exacerbate immigrant bashing and nativist attitudes in this country. Diversity is our country’s strength and immigration has made America great.” Greenblatt and other opponents of the bill have pledged to “work hard against this cruel legislation.”

A number of prominent Republicans have also voiced their suspicion and outright hostility toward the RAISE Act, complicating matters for the president. Passing the legislation will no doubt prove to be a challenge, as has virtually everything else Trump has attempted to accomplish.

NB: This article was originally published by American Free Press on August 17, 2017. Subscribe to America’s last real newspaper today!

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6 comments

  • Would have made more sense to end the H 1 B Visa. We need to write to Jeff Sessions and Chuck Grassley. Encourage them to keep on fighting against the H 1 B Visa.

  • Hi John this is William in the UK. When the Eu declared its open borders policy we were swamped with Polish immigrants who came here purely for work and more money than they could earn at home . A few years after these were followed up by Romanians Albanians etc. This was on top of an already large immigrant population of all types from everywhere in the world. So , we know about the problems here big style and you are right in a lot of what you say.
    My son and his wife and 7 yeard old son moved from London to just outside Boston ( a beautiful place called Sudbury ) for work reason. Wendy , his wife , was working in the UK for many years for an American firm called Shire Pharmaceuticals when they closed down their UK operation. Wendy was offered a transfer over to Boston so they rented out their London home my son packed up his IT sales job and they moved. Stuart , my son , had to wait 6 months to be able to apply for work but as soon as he did he got the same sort of job there as he did in the UK , IT sales. My grandson of course enrolled in school and they are now buying a very nice house while still renting out their one in London. My son just packed his job in and started his own photography business and will probably be a success . They love it over there and my family love going to see them on holidays ( they are over there now in fact ) but they do have the option of coming ” home ” if things go wrong .
    Would people like them be affected by this proposed legislation?

    • The proposed legislation says nothing about current immigrants. Although it should. It should make a distinction between types of past ‘immigrant’ on similar grounds to proposed future immigrants, and throw out unqualifying persons already in the US.

      Americans as a whole NEVER wanted low-skilled, unassimilating welfare dependent ‘immigrants’ – and that makes those prior ‘immigrants’ invaders. There is only ever one distinction between immigrant and invader: the support or not of the already settled community.

      But Americans like everyone else understand that people fall in love and build families across borders, and I have no doubt situations like your son’s are generally uncontroversial in America. The more common problem in the West is a coupling such as you describe being denied local resident rights, while any non-White and his extended race is welcomed.

      • Sorry, WB, I did mean to distinguish your son from the low-skilled, unassimilating welfare dependent types, but I never got round to it.

  • sounds good. a step in the right direction maybe.
    but it doesn’t mean anything unless the borders are actually secured.
    the southern border is now controlled by mexican crime cartels.
    put a large contingent of us army on the souther border and slam it shut.
    then totally control the flow of traffic back and forth.
    sweep all illegal aliens out of the usa.
    do that first, then write the new immigration policy.