President Donald Trump today announced his support of a Senate bill that would drastically reduce legal immigration and introduce a points-based system for deciding applications for green cards.
Trump said in a White House speech that the bill would “put Americans first” by creating a “merit-based” system. Senators Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., who sponsored the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, said the bill would reduce the flow of low-skilled immigrants and lead to an increase in the wages of American workers.
The sponsors of the legislation state that the bill would:
BAL Analysis: A full analysis of the legislation is available here. It is expected that the legislation will be very controversial as it would dramatically reduce family-based immigration, and millions of qualified immigrants would lose their basis for immigrating to the U.S. The legislation is not expected to move on its own, but does reflect where the White House and some members of Congress stand with respect to legal immigration levels.
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