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

Jerome Frank
August 3, 2017

Cotton and Perdue had introduced an original version of the bill in February but tweaked it after the legislation failed to gain traction amongst their fellow Senate Republicans. The election of Donald Trump signaled that the American people want to see a change.

"This competitive application system will favour applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that can contribute to the USA economy", Mr Trump said.

Graham said the legislation would primarily target immigrants who work in the state's agriculture, tourism, and service industries, and would even prompt greater amounts of illegal immigration. As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects USA workers and taxpayers - and that is why we are here today. Twitter users responded to Trump's announcement nearly immediately, slamming his endorsement of a "merit-based" immigration system that would make it harder to obtain a Green Card while simultaneously doing nothing to help undocumented immigrants.

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No longer offer green card preference to the extended family or adult children of immigrants already living legally in the U.S. Spouses, children under 18 and sick parents would still be given preference.

"The effect of this, switching to a skills-based system and ending unfettered chain migration, would be over time you would cut net migration in half, whch polling shows supported overwhelmingly by the American people in very large numbers", Miller said.

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In a Wednesday speech in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Trump endorsed a bill aimed at reforming the USA immigration system by scaling back the number of immigrants entering the country. It has the potential to seriously restrict the flow of legal immigrants into the country, all - ostensibly - in the name of protecting unskilled American workers.

The RAISE Act limits permanent resident status for refugees to 50,000 a year, in line with the 13-year average.

Critics of the bill also attacked its revisions to family-based immigration, arguing that such measures will dissuade skilled immigrants who would otherwise want to come to the US. If nothing's getting passed this year, the next best thing is to remind your supporters who the enemy is to keep them motivated.

Our immigration system should continue to value families. FWD.us, a group that represents the tech industry said that the bill would "severely harm the economy". The administration says they are struggling to earn a middle-class wage because of the influx of cheaper foreign workers who depress wages.

Refugee organizations said permanently limiting number of refugees allowed in the country goes against an American value of offering safe haven to people fleeing violence and oppression.

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