Trump, GOP senators champion bill to cut legal immigration levels

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August 2, 2017

Donald TrumpPresident Trump joined two Republican senators on Wednesday to champion legislation that would overhaul legal immigration in America — launching a merit-based system that would significantly cut admissions over the next decade.

Speaking at the White House, the president called it “the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half century.”

“As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and that is why we are here today,” Trump said.

He was joined by Georgia Sen. David Perdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, the Republicans who first introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or the RAISE Act, in February. They have said the legislation aims to cut legal immigration in half from 1 million to 500,000 a year.

  • Jose

    The problems I see are that even ILLEGAL INVADERS are able to obtain most of the “free” government handouts and no one (in government) seems to care. If these ILLEGAL INVADERS want to work here, get a temporary work permit good for no more than a year and then they have to go back to their country of origin and apply again. This allows others to be able to do the same. If those granted a “permit” overstay, when caught are “automatically” deported and not allowed back again for at least 5 years. Second time caught, prison time and deported as “unwanted criminals”.
    Work permits helps both the worker (legally here) and the employer (work gets done). My parents (from Mexico) did this for years, saved and PAID to become citizens long before I was born. They NEVER expected any government assistance nor asked for it.

  • American Me

    500,000 is still too high and we must start being choosy as to who comes.They must have a skill learn English and pledge that they will assimilate and want to become Americans.Support our laws and way of life or they will be deported.No more welfare for immigrants.If you can’t support yourself don’t come here for a handout.A handup when they arrive then they are on their own.

  • helm20558

    At least its a start.

  • Not A Farmer

    Take away the social programs from the Able Body working age adults and they will take the lower wage jobs the illegal immigrants are preforming. We would not need so many illegals if we stop coddling people’s ideals of what jobs are good enough for themselves.

    • Geneviejeiler

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  • Humble Servant

    This country has been able to produce more of just about everything we need and want for the last 100 yrs. This has been done through the freedoms we have in this country. If we can make sure of the quantity and quality of people we admit to this country yearly and make sure we work to have them assimilate to our culture we can provide the same quality of gods and services to the world. If we are not working to make America the greatest country to produce goods and services for all humanity what is our mission? Money? Power?

    • Mercedes Waggoner

      The Phants are in bed with Dimm diva Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) who with Sen. Simpson (R) MT in ’96 co-sponsored a bill to reduce total annual visas by 60% to only 250,000 people for all purposes. They pleaded overpopulation and human pollution; kind’a like today.

      Had they been successful, our 19 year wait for my son to join us in America would have tripled; he would still be living in his country of birth.

      The current annual visa quota is 670,000. About 224,000 of that are US citizen (like us) and permanent resident families; ex. spouses, parents, children. Most of the rest are business and workers. There once were under the table unlimited visas that onecould buy for a mere $100 K. Ask Obie how come the difference between 670 K and
      the MSM over a million that come here annually.

      The Dumbs aka Dumbos, Phants or Repubs are still clueless
      about how rotten Immigration Bureaucratic regs, INS Acts are. Like the unaffordable care act nobody gives a RA about the detail.

      AG Jeff Sessions knows more about immigration than most in DC; he should have been given a huge role in forming a truly comprehensive reform program.

      So far you don’t see or hear about rules for families joining
      PHD immigrant and rocket scientists like Von Braun.

  • I Seigel

    OK, Gvette, let me ask you a question, since you’re a former business owner. Whether it’s the actual technical work of fixing a car or the drudgery of cleaning up the mess at the end of the day – would you rather pay a competent high-wage, English-speaking worker or a competent low-wage worker that might not speak English very well? And if you chose to spend more on your worker(s), would you be able to pass that expense on to your customers, or would they try to find a cheaper shop somewhere else?

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