Trump, GOP Senators Champion Bill to Cut Legal Immigration Levels

03 August, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Irene Delgado
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Top White House aides have been working with Perdue and Cotton on the bill that - if passed - would dramatically remake the current immigration system, which allows a number of ways to bring family members to the United States along with job-based visas. He's obviously thinking about a presidential run after Trump is gone. First time politician Trump beat back 16 other Republican challengers over nine gruelling months of campaigning with his single minded devotion to beating back low grade immigration. The current system, Cotton said, is a "symbol we're not committed to working-class Americans", adding that our current immigration policies "great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and feet". Tom Cotton of Arkansas, to reduce legal immigration.

It would do so, the President said, by favouring English-speaking, financially stable immigrants.

Officials pointed to Trump's summer speech previous year in Arizona where he outlined a 10-step policy that included building a wall, deporting "criminal aliens", and establishing a new system that allows immigrants to enter this country based on "merit, skill and proficiency".

"That is why we are here today: Merit-based", Trump said, joined at the White House Roosevelt Room podium by the bill's sponsors, Sens.

Ensures that immediate families - the primary immigrant, spouse, and minor children - remain intact during the immigration process.

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

"Hotels, restaurants, golf courses and farmers will tell you this proposal - to cut legal immigration in half - would put their businesses in peril", he said in a statement. Lastly, it would limit refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 per year. 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. It was built on the premise that any person, regardless of how much education or money they have, can come to the United States and create a productive life for themselves.

It also sets a 50,000 annual cap on refugees, instead of a level mandated by the president. "Cutting legal immigration for the sake of cutting immigration would cause irreparable harm to the American worker and their family".

"We want a merit-based system, one that protects our workers, our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy". The prize of a green card to enter the United States should never be given away randomly, without regard to the interests of the American people.

"Are they being paid a high wage?"

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