New immigration bill sponsored by Senators Cotton (R-AR) & Perdue (R-GA).
President Donald Trump today has announced a new plan to curb illegal immigration into the United States. The plan includes reducing the amount of low skilled labor from entering, which the president says displaces American workers in those jobs. His legislation is intended to favor applicants who already speak English, are financially independent, and will not be living off of our welfare systems. The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act is expected to reduce immigration by about half over the next decade.
This bill has gone through the Senate before. When it stalled in the Senate last time, there was a so-called “diversity amendment” which reserved 50,000 visas for people from countries with low immigration into the United States. The RAISE Act has taken out this diversity amendment. As well, the new version of the bill has a cap of 50,000 on refugees coming in each year. This comes just months after Trump called for the complete halt of refugees from entering the US, at least temporarily.
The bill has received both praise and criticism since being introduced this morning. Senior Adviser to the president, Steve Miller, helped Cotton and Perdue draft the legislation while Steve Bannon praised the bill as a large opponent of immigration into the United States. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) came out against the bill, saying that South Carolina relies on an immigrant work force in their state. He and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) have come out with their own immigration bill that would allow for children brought to the US to become citizens, even if they are undocumented. The Act has a slim chance of making it through the Senate with the two Senators above opposing the measure, forcing a Mike Pence tie-breaker. If this becomes like the healthcare vote, one maverick Senator would have to vote down the measure and the measure would fail entirely.
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