(National Sentinel) Immigration: President Donald J. Trump is going back to the future regarding immigration reform.
The bill, called the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, would transform the country’s immigration system into one that is merit-based, while leading to far less overall immigration.
Not only that, but the legislation includes some provisions that would require newcomers to know English and that priority will be given to people who bring a skill with them so they can support themselves. At the same time, the bill makes it difficult if not impossible for newcomers to live off the taxpayer’s dime, and it eliminates so-called “chain migration.”
Trump called the RAISE Act “the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half a century,” and clearly, it is.
“As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and that’s why we are here today,” Trump said during a press conference in the White House Roosevelt Room, adding the measure would “reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars.”
The Hill reported:
The legislation would eliminate immigration preferences currently given to extended family members and adult children of U.S. citizens seeking green cards, and it would cap the number of accepted refugees at 50,000 — half of the Obama administration’s target for 2017.
It would also end the State Department’s Diversity visa lottery, which the senators say is “plagued with fraud.” The program had been allotted 50,000 visas for the 2018 fiscal year.
Fox Business Network added:
The Trump administration’s goal is to prevent low-skilled American workers from being undercut by immigrants with a comparable level of expertise. Sen. Cotton said Wednesday the current system places “great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and work on their feet.”
The White House also believes this transformation could raise wages and protect taxpayers by potentially decreasing the number of immigrant families that rely on welfare. More than 50% of all immigrant households receive welfare benefits, while 30% of native households do, according to the administration.
The bill is DOA for Democrats, who depend on low-wage, low-skilled, and low-educated immigrants to become the next generation of government-dependent party voters. But what is also likely is that far too many Republicans — especially the Senate RINOs whose big-dollar corporate donors love cheap immigrant labor — will oppose it as well.
Still, conservative groups are solidly behind it and are already howling at senators to sign off on it.
“The RAISE Act helps realize President Trump’s vision of making America great again by making immigration great again as well. It provides a pathway for a modern, smarter immigration system while protecting those Americans struggling to make ends meet,” said Dan Stein, president of Federation for American Immigration Reform.