Trump endorses new 'merit-based' immigration system

The plan, championed in Congress by Sens. What is important is that Trump has singled out not just the Bill but also handpicked its authors and timed it to deflect any whining about his nothing burger on the promised Obamacare repeal.

Trump also defended the use of foreign labor at his resort properties, which have continued to request worker visas since his election. People are always going to go to places where there are more opportunities and options.

President Trump will join Republican Sens. It's easier to recall how divergent Trump and Hillary Clinton's views were but that's not the point here. "This is probably our third or fourth visit to the Oval Office to work with President Trump", Cotton told reporters.


For all those who rant against Trump's Twitter obsession, Cotton is now the go-to man for the long form version of American populism. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, to reduce legal immigration. The level is now higher than at most periods in US history.

"The RAISE Act would give us a more merit-based immigration system that admits the best and the brightest around the world while making it harder for people to come here illegally", Sessions said in a statement. Factors that would be taken into account include English language skills, education, high-paying job offers and age.

Our immigration system should continue to value families.


Trump cast the proposal as a way to protect American workers by reducing unskilled immigration and creating a merit-based system that grades possible immigrants based on their ability to work in the United States. Current immigration law allows USA citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor their parents, siblings and married adult children for immigrant visas. Contrary to the xenophobic and misguided stereotypes that belie the RAISE Act, immigrants contribute immensely to our economy, create jobs for all Americans, and increase safety in our communities.

The legislation also proposed to limit green cards to 50,000 refugees a year, which is in line with the 13-year average. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., proposes cutting legal immigration by half. "President Trump ... should be applauded for recognizing the current dysfunction of our outdated immigration policies that, unlike the rest of the nation, have been stuck in a time warp for the last 50 years". Previewing the event, White House officials said the bill would aim to create a skills-based immigration system to make the USA more competitive, raise wages and create jobs.

The RAISE Act hits the sweet spot for Stephen Bannon, Trump's dishevelled chief strategist and most likely the man who picked on Cotton. That loss will pressure Democrats to compete for votes from working-class Americans by offering to slash the very unpopular inflow of visa-workers. "What happened to the old days when people came into this country and they worked and they worked and they worked and they had families and paid taxes and they did all sorts of things and their families got stronger and they were closely knit?"



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