President Trump has announced that he is making a push to pass legislation to deliver on one of his biggest campaign promises: to reduce both legal and illegal immigration.
As you most likely assumed, there is very little Democratic support, but the amount of Republican support is also unclear. Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona are likely opponents to the legislation.
On Wednesday morning, President Trump met with Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia at the White House. The three are working together to pass the “Cotton-Perdue” legislation. The legislation would allegedly cut the number legal immigrants accepted into the U.S. each year in half.
NPR’s John Burnette reported, “Their bill would do three things: First, limit the number of foreign nationals who are able to get green cards to reunite with their families already in the U.S. — currently the largest category of legal immigrants; second, cut the number of refugees in half; third, eliminate the diversity visa lottery — a program that gives visas to countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.”
Burnette continued, “Cotton says the number of green cards awarded each year — about a million — is excessive.”
Burnette finished, ” ‘In one year, this would reduce it to around 600,000,’ Cotton says. ‘Over the span of the 10-year window, it would fall to about 500,000.’ ”
An unnamed White House official was reported saying that our current immigration system, “is outdated, and doesn’t meet the diverse needs of our economy,” and that the legislation being unveiled Wednesday.” The legislations aims at creating a skills-based immigration system that will make America more competitive, raise wages for American workers, and create jobs.”
The general idea among those who support stricter immigration limits, however, is those unskilled people who are seeking work in the United States will keep wages low, especially for those with just a high-school degree.
President Trump is seeking a legislative victory, especially coming off a last week’s failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
With support from White House officials such as Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, it is likely that President Trump will make another strong push for this legislation will be passed.
If you would like to watch President Trump introduce and explain this new legislation, check out the following video…
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