Trump endorses new 'merit-based' immigration system

Saul Bowman
August 3, 2017

"This is what President Trump campaigned on". And since Republicans only hold 52 seats, that would require the support of eight Democrats while also assuming every Republican backs the legislation.

Mr Trump blasted the current immigration system as out of date and argued that it hurts American workers by driving down wages.

He launched his presidential campaign on the promise of building a wall along the US-Mexican border to halt illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Trump said that our current immigration system "has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers".

In a statement, Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is reviewing the bill and is "talking to our partners, especially those in the agriculture arena". 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.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled legislation meant to slash legal immigration to the United States by reducing the amount of low-skilled immigrants who are allotted green cards.

Republicans across the ideological spectrum on immigration have long talked about retooling the green card system, which concerns permanent residents, to focus less on family ties and more on useful skills. "This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first". Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) released an updated version of a bill that overhauls the country's legal immigration system, pushing forward the president's agenda to limit the number of foreigners entering the United States.

"The new Cotton-Perdue bill would do nothing to boost skilled immigration and it will only increase the proportion of employment-based green cards by cutting other green cards".

"For over a quarter century, the United States has accepted an average of 1 million immigrants annually - the equivalent of adding the entire state of Montana each year".

"Can they support themselves and their families financially?"

It also sets a 50,000 annual cap on refugees, instead of a level mandated by the president.

Increasing the labor force - the number of people who are working in and contributing to the economy, "that's a good thing", Bier said. To help make immigration great again - to ensure immigration serves the American people and our national priorities - the RAISE Act would be a fine place to start. They are routinely cheated out of wages, and are held "virtually captive" by employers, a 2013 Southern Poverty Law Center report found.

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