U.S. President Donald Trump spoke yesterday from the Roosevelt Room with Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue in support of a Republican merit based immigration system that relies on a new points based system for receiving a Green Card.
The new immigration proposal, referred to as the Raise Act, amends the Immigration and Nationality Act, focuses on family sponsored immigration with spouses and minor children, and sets a limit on the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States.
President Trump said that the Raise Act will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars by changing the way the U.S. issues Green Cards to nationals from other countries.
Under the proposed Raise Act, a new competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.
Sen. Cotton described the current U.S. legal immigration system as an “obsolete disaster” and said that its time for it to change.
Sen. Cotton said that the Raise Act will reorient our Green Card system “towards people who can speak English, who have high degrees of educational attainment, who have a job offer that pays more, and a typical job in their local economy, who are going to create a new business, and who are outstanding in their field around the world.”
Details of the Raise Act can be read here:
— RAISE Act (@TheRAISEAct) August 2, 2017
Speaking at a White House briefing on Wednesday, Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller said that the Raise Act is the largest proposed reform to our immigration policy in half a century.
He described it in positive terms and characterized the current legal immigration system as exacerbating wealth inequality by showing no regard about whether that applicant has demonstrated the skill that can add to the U.S. economy, whether they can pay their own way or be reliant on welfare, or whether they’ll displace or take a job from an American worker.
Advisor Miller pointed out that the Raise Act would eliminate so called chain migration that gives support to green card applicants for including family-based migration that opens the door to spouses and minor children.
The Raise Act was described by President Trump as a way to reduce poverty, raise wages, and save American taxpayer money but it also discriminates by giving preferential status to English speaking immigrant applicants who have a high educational basis and “who are going to create a new business, and who are outstanding in their field around the world.”
When asked about how they plan to squeeze the Raise Act in an already packed legislative calendar during the weeks ahead, Trump Senior Policy Advisor Miller said in the White House briefing that he will have conversations with Senate leadership and House leadership about the steps forward but noted that this is an issue that President Trump campaigned on.
President Trump has already faced Congressional upheaval trying to repeal and replace Obamacare and made several key job changes within his administration.
Raising support for the Raise Act will be another legislative political hurdle for President Trump at a time when the debt ceiling will need to be raised in September and Americans are awaiting to see if he will honor his earlier pledge to offer the largest tax cuts in the history of the United States.
According to recent job approval polls, President Trump has received low job approval ratings.
Based on a Real Clear Politics average taken from July 8th-August 1st, just 38.4 percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s job in the White House compared to 56.9 percent that disapprove.
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